Originally Posted by Avery B
Pardon my stupidity but what is AIS?
AIS is adenocarcinoma in situ. It is pre-cancer or Stage 0 cancer depending on who you ask. Regardless of whether it's actually cancer, the "definitive" treatment for it is hysterectomy. I think a few of us on this board are here because we have opted for "conservative management" which basically means removal of any naughty areas and then close follow up.
AIS involoves glangular cells which are higher up in the cervical canal. Adenocarcinoma is the less common form of cerivcal cancer, the most common involving squamous cells. Adenocarcinoma is faster moving, and sometimes there can be "skip lesions" meaning there are good spaces between areas of bad cells. That's why the hyst is the "preferred" treatment if you are done with having kids. They can ever really be sure that they got it all.
And not knowing that isn't stupid!