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    Old 02-15-2010, 08:16 AM   #1
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    Question Just diagnosed with AIS...

    Hi there,

    I am new to this site and have been lurking nervously...just hoping someone can give me some feedback.

    My story; I tested positive for HPV in Oct. 08 and had a sightly abnormal pap. It was suggested I get a repeat pap bt I got pregnant in January of 09. I gave birth in Oct. 09 and at my six week check-up, received a repeat pap. That pap came back abnormal again so I had a colposcopy. The results of the colposcopy was adenocarcinoma in situ!! I have a cone biopsy scheduled for Feb 25th.

    I am scared to death and can't help but wonder if this has spread. All I can think about is my two boys not having a mother...I know it may sound dramatic but to me, cancer is a death sentence. How do all of you stay so strong and positive?

    Can anyone tell me what to expect after the cone biopsy? What are the symptoms that this has spread? Am I going to get through this?

    I do have an appointment scheduled with an Gyno/Oncologist, March 9th. I took the advice of many of the ladies on this thread and plan to get a second opinion, no matter what.

    Sorry to be long winded and thanks in advance for your help and feedback.

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    Old 02-15-2010, 04:52 PM   #2
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    Re: Just diagnosed with AIS...

    Welcome, and doesn't this all suck?

    I got diagnosed with AIS in October after one bad pap in summer 09 (had colposcopy and ECC in Sep. 09). Never knew about the HPV till the AIS Dx.

    I had a CKC (cone biopsy) in November and actually it was fine - piece of cake. I felt fine when I went home that day and then had some lower back pain/bad period-type cramps on and off for about a week... the worst part for me was the gross discharge. It started as blood and then changed to what looks like coffee grounds. Many people seem to have only 1-2 weeks of that and they are done - well I had 3 solid weeks of blood and coffee grounds! And then the 4th week I got my period. So I was pretty fed up with the pads and the mess.

    Definitely get a gyn/onc to take care of you from now on, since they see this every day and know much more about it than obgyns. The minute my obgyn told me I had AIS she said "you need to be seen by a gyn/onc now. So which hospital do you want to go to?" My gyn/onc is great...(he is the one who did my cone) - he's knowledgeable, really kind, responds quickly to emails or calls, explains things very well.

    I spent a lot of time crying and stressing about this whole thing. I don't know what to say to you other than hopefully you are a glass half-full type of person; I'm not and everything bad that I saw on the internet made my mind go crazy.

    Write your questions down before you go to the dr and get their email and cell phone numbers in case you have a problem after the cone!

    good luck. This board has a lot of helpful info.

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    Old 02-15-2010, 06:07 PM   #3
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    Re: Just diagnosed with AIS...

    Francegirl- thanks for responding...

    Unfortunately, I tend to be glass half empty but I am quickly learning that is only making things worse.

    Do you mind sharing what the results of your cone were and what other procedures, if any, you had afterward?

    Thanks again for sharing.

     
    Old 02-15-2010, 08:53 PM   #4
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    Re: Just diagnosed with AIS...

    Sure. My CKC showed nothing - no invasion, no lesions, nada. Just the AIS, which I believe by definition is limited to highly atypical cells on the surface of the cervix. Margins were clear.

    I posted earlier that I just had an LAVH 2 weeks ago...still recovering from that. We have kids and were not planning on having more; however that still didn't make it an easy or happy decision for me.

    I basically decided that for me, that although the risk is somewhat low (to sit back, do nothing and then end up with full-blown cervical cancer), once it gets to be invasive and/or you have multiple lesions in multiple areas, that it's much harder to treat. And if that happened in 5 or 10 years, I really would have f**ked myself, bigtime. The skip lesions really scared me - the idea that he could be doing colposcopies all the time and still not see lesions in crevices or higher up. I'd rather lose my cervix and uterus now than all that plus sections of my vagina in 10 years. Or be dead.

    My dr told me the percentages for 2 and 5 years of how many people go on to get invasive cancer, but I can't remember them. Although it didn't seem really high. But that's me. Others on the board have made other decisions.

    If I were a newlywed or unmarried I would have just done watch-and-wait I think. But we are past all that.

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    Old 02-16-2010, 06:33 AM   #5
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    Re: Just diagnosed with AIS...

    How are you feeling after your LAVH and if you don't mind me asking, how old are your kids? Are you able to move around and do you have to take pain pills?

    Also, I am having my cone done by the obgyn, should I see if the oncologist can fit me in? My plan was to take the results of the cone to the oncologist and see him from there one out.

     
    Old 02-16-2010, 02:27 PM   #6
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    Re: Just diagnosed with AIS...

    The 1st week was tough - impossible to laugh, sneeze or bend down to pick something up without severe pain. Very tender abdomen and couldn't stand up or sit for long - I was on the couch a LOT. I couldn't sit up or lay down by myself the first few days. The first 3 days I had a lot of shoulder pain from the gas they inflate your abdomen with - a common side effect but it sucked - felt like a knife in my shoulder blade!

    Now I've finished the 2nd week and I can laugh, sneeze, pick stuff up and actually touch my stomach without pain. I have been taking Vicodin and/or Ibuprofin 600mg and/or Ativan. Last week I had some bad muscle cramps under my ribs - couldn't breathe without pain. That lasted about 3 days and thank god it's gone. I still have a lot of soreness and a mild crampy feeling but that's what they make drugs for! I don't intend to suffer any more than I have to! Now, I manage fine to make myself lunch, or tea, shower, fold a bit of laundry etc. but I get tired easily. Still on restrictions for carrying stuff (6 wks) and driving (maybe next week).

    My kids are in the younger grades of elementary school and they are very good at getting themselves dressed, pouring a bowl of cereal, brushing their own teeth and hair, etc. So that is good - I didn't help them at all the first week. The second week I got breakfast for them b4 school and then crashed into bed when they left. I think I saw that you have a new baby?

    Personally I would find a gyn/onc that you like and have them do the cone. If you need to go meet a few and the actual cone ends up being a few weeks later than your original appt so be it - they haven't told you that you have stage IV cancer (point is, stage IV would require more urgency). My gyn/onc does surgery 3 days per week so I'm sure he does a LOT of cones - he did mine on a Monday at 7 pm after being in surgery all day (they do the complicated stuff like hysts first thing in the morning). He told me that he does anywhere from 2-6 hysts per week. And he doesn't let residents do his surgeries for him, which was a worry for me till we talked about it. You want the person that does it ALL THE TIME. I don't know if you live in a big city or what's available to you in terms of teaching hospitals, etc. That is my personal opinion, and YMMV.

    As awesome as she is and as much as I like her, my ob/gyn wasn't gonna touch that cone with a 10 foot pole - she was like "you will definitely need to get a cone but see a gyn/onc first and arrange it with him/her. I can tell you that the recommendation is for a hyst if you are done with childbearing - I'm certain that's what the gyn/onc will say also, but they need to care for you from now on". (she said it nicer than that; I am paraphrasing).

    My ob/gyn personally knows the guy I see (the gyn/onc) so she had a lot of first hand info about his surgery skills (from doing surgeries together), personality etc. My father's dr (a specialist) also knows my gyn/onc (same hospital) and gave him rave reviews so that was also good. I had my first appt with the gyn/onc on the 21st of a month and that very day we scheduled my cone (for 11 days later). My ob/gyn also gave me 3 other gyn/onc names so I could decide for myself.

    Didn't mean to write a book. Hope that helps.

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    How are you feeling after your LAVH and if you don't mind me asking, how old are your kids? Are you able to move around and do you have to take pain pills?

    Also, I am having my cone done by the obgyn, should I see if the oncologist can fit me in? My plan was to take the results of the cone to the oncologist and see him from there one out.

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    Old 02-16-2010, 05:54 PM   #7
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    Re: Just diagnosed with AIS...

    I was in a similar situation.

    I'd had regular paps for 25 years, all were good. In December of 2008 my doctor offered the HPV/dna test when she did my pap (thin-prep) and I accepted. As always, my pap was fine. The HPV test showed positive for high risk infection. Instead of waiting and rechecking, my doctor went ahead and sent me to a gyn for a colpo and possible biopsy. My outer cervix looked fine, so the gyn didn't need to take a biopsy, but she decided to do an ECC. The ECC showed "atypical glandular epithelial lesions" and "adenocarcinoma in situ". Two weeks later I had a CKC (along with another ECC, D&C, and uterine biopsy). Everything was fine except for the CKC; it showed adenocarcinoma Ia1. My lesion was about 1mm across and 1mm deep (a dime is 1mm thick). Two weeks later I was at the gyn/onc. Because of my age (44 at the time) and no desire to start a family, the total hyst was my best option. I had 6 months to get it done. Two months later I had an total hyst by LAVH.

    Like Francegirl the skip lesions had me freaked out. I don't regret the hyst, not for one second. The chances of the cancer going somewhere else (now that those glandular cells are gone) is really, really, really tiny.

    In reading various accounts (here and another website), it seem it is common for the gyn to do the first CKC (which can give a cancer diagnosis). I'm not totally sure an ECC can actually give a cancer diagnosis, not enough tissue is removed to determine depth of the lesion and it is just a scraping, not a cut.

    The right time to get a gyn/onc involved (again, from what I've read) is after a repeated AIS (or CIS) diagnosis OR after a cone.

    I called around to the gyn/oncs in my city after I had my AIS diagnosis, but was awaiting my CKC results. Most gyn/onc offices won't accept a patient unless the office has received reports and images from prior tests and there is an AIS/CIS diagnosis or actual cancer. They sometimes we take women who have repeated CIN III results.

    I feel like I am rambling, so I hope I've answered your question about when to get a gyn/onc involved.

    BTW, I was released from my gyn/onc at my 1 year follow up appointment! She said "I plan to practice 10 more years before I retire. I don't think you'll need me, but we're here if you ever need anything." You could have knocked me over with a feather. I figured I'd need 5 years of follow up!

     
    Old 02-17-2010, 05:29 AM   #8
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    Re: Just diagnosed with AIS...

    Thanks for your story...and a BIG sigh of relief and smile for you being released. It gives everyone else hope:-)

    More questions if you don't mind? Should I be worried that the results of my cone could be much a more serious stage than my colposcopy? In other words, what are the odds of me being diagnosed with stage III? Also, does the colposcopy give a diagnosis for only the lesion that is seen or tested?

    How did you stay strong and positive? You sound like a trooper...I need help in that area. I suffer from anxiety and this diagnosis has definitely kicked it into high gear. I can't seem to stop my mind from going to that place. Can I die from this? I know, it sounds like I am asking you to look through a magic crystal ball but as lons as you have been on this board, have you experienced any woman not making it through this?

    Thanks and I apologize for all of the questions....

     
    Old 02-17-2010, 05:31 AM   #9
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    Re: Just diagnosed with AIS...

    Thanks and I wish you a speedy recovery!

    I am taking your advice and calling my Oncologist office back today to see if I can get in sooner...any other advice, feedback, etc. would be helpful. I appreciate your time more than you know.

     
    Old 02-17-2010, 01:25 PM   #10
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    Re: Just diagnosed with AIS...

    CKSUN give them a call. Won't hurt.

    I do remember that my gyn/onc's receptionist said when I first called "Oh you only have AIS? [I wanted to punch her] -- oh well he usually only takes more advanced cases. But have your gyn fax the colpo/ECC results and we'll see". The next day he said he would see me. Who knows why?

    Could be because I mentioned my gyn's name when I called and said that she highly recommended him and said he is the one I should see, and they are friendly with each other. I also said that dr such-and-such (my dad's specialist) recommended him. Maybe he was having a slow day (although I doubt it).

    I called another gyn/onc for a 2nd opinion and they said "oh AIS? sure come on in". So I think it just depends on the practice.

    PICKLE EYES I think it's interesting that your gyn did the CKC. And I've seen others on this board too who did it that way. I wonder if it's a regional difference? Because mine didn't even offer to do it, or suggest that she should. Or maybe it's CYA on her part? She was all "you need to see a gyn/onc now". Hmm.

     
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    CKSUN give them a call. Won't hurt.

    I do remember that my gyn/onc's receptionist said when I first called "Oh you only have AIS? [I wanted to punch her] -- oh well he usually only takes more advanced cases. But have your gyn fax the colpo/ECC results and we'll see". The next day he said he would see me. Who knows why?

    Could be because I mentioned my gyn's name when I called and said that she highly recommended him and said he is the one I should see, and they are friendly with each other. I also said that dr such-and-such (my dad's specialist) recommended him. Maybe he was having a slow day (although I doubt it).

    I called another gyn/onc for a 2nd opinion and they said "oh AIS? sure come on in". So I think it just depends on the practice.

    PICKLE EYES I think it's interesting that your gyn did the CKC. And I've seen others on this board too who did it that way. I wonder if it's a regional difference? Because mine didn't even offer to do it, or suggest that she should. Or maybe it's CYA on her part? She was all "you need to see a gyn/onc now". Hmm.
    I took your advice and called the onc. I begged andgot an appointment for Tuesday morning. My gyn sent my records already...did you receive a CA125 blood test? Just curious because I never did and the gyn/onc asked if they could have copies of the results. Hopefully it is not a big deal. Thanks again and I hope you are feeling better each day!

     
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    Re: Just diagnosed with AIS...

    I'm glad you've called for the appointment. I felt SO much better after talking to the gyn/onc. That was the first time I felt pretty confident that the cancer was only a spot or two, that the hyst would be my only needed treatment, and that I had a treatment plan.

    During the diagnosis I knew that a pap was a screening tool, that the colpo could be diagnostic and/or treatment. I knew the ECC was diagnostic and the CKC was treatment and/or diagnostic. Even though I knew all of that I still was frustrated and afraid that each appointment would bring worse news that the previous one. I knew that my cancer wasn't progressing at the same speed as my doctors' appointments/tests/biopsy results. I knew that it was just that each step (appointment/test/etc) (up until the CKC and definitely the hyst) just revealed more information about my cervix. It was still really difficult continually hearing one more piece of bad news.

    It REALLY helped to get copies of pathology reports and learn all I could about upcoming procedures and possibilities. It helped me realize that I probably had cancer before I actually had that diagnosis. The doctor telling me was somewhat anti-climatic.

    Going to the gyn/onc was reassuring, like I said. That was the first place where it seemed there was an end in sight and that there was a clear cut "this will take care of that" type of conversation. She gave me several treatment options and I had a choice. Up to that point, I had no choice. I just had to do the next step. That helped me feel empowered. That was something I hadn't felt in months.

    Francegirl, I know what you mean about the gyn/onc's office saying "only" or "just" AIS. The gyn's office seemed in a panic over it, the gyn/onc said "I see this several times per day". I later learned that ob/gyn's don't see AIS very often and they are not informed on all treatment options. With the current screening tools (this prep paps and HPV/dna tests) AIS is found earlier than it use to be. It use to be (and I'm talking maybe 10 years or so) an AIS diagnosis found by a gyn usually indicated cancer which was further along. The screening tools are helping identify earlier stages of glandular dysplasia and it is easier treated without having to go for chemo and/or radiation. The gyn's aren't up to date on the treatments for AIS, so they just know it is "scary". :shrug:

    All of that is one reason why I strongly recommend women with AIS to get to a gyn/onc if the doctor will take them. Ob/gyn's are very knowledgeable of the fertility issue, helping women be more fertile (or less - with hormones), monitoring pregnant women, delivering babies, and taking care of a variety of easily treated vaginal issues. They are pretty informed on CIS, but give them AIS and it sends them into a tailspin. That's fine by me! Give me a doctor who handles AIS and AdCA regularly. I don't need someone to deliver a baby or prescribe something for a yeast infection. I needed someone who dealt with AIS/AdCA daily. My gyn/onc was that person for me.

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    PICKLE EYES I think it's interesting that your gyn did the CKC. And I've seen others on this board too who did it that way. I wonder if it's a regional difference? Because mine didn't even offer to do it, or suggest that she should. Or maybe it's CYA on her part? She was all "you need to see a gyn/onc now". Hmm.
    My gyn did the CKC because I *think* it wasn't clearly AIS on the pathology report. Or, because there was something else (the "atypical glandular epithelial lesions") she might have thought the CKC would be treatment and diagnosis. I don't know. Anyway, as soon as the pathology report for the CKC said AdCA she said "You'll need a hyst" and offered to do it, but also said she'd passed my slides and files on to a gyn/onc for verification that the total hyst was all I'd need.

    I had a choice of having the gyn or the gyn/onc doing the hyst. I went with the gyn/onc because "just in case." And, I wanted to expert in cancer, not babies, removing my uterus.

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    Thanks for your story...and a BIG sigh of relief and smile for you being released. It gives everyone else hope:-)

    More questions if you don't mind? Should I be worried that the results of my cone could be much a more serious stage than my colposcopy? In other words, what are the odds of me being diagnosed with stage III? Also, does the colposcopy give a diagnosis for only the lesion that is seen or tested?
    Stage III? Precancer? AIS is "higher" than stage III dysplasia. The colpo simply looks at the outer cervix. If the doctor took a biopsy (pinch or punch biopsy), then that is separate from "just" a colpo. In addition to the colpo and/or biopsy of the outer cervix, the doctor can also do an ECC. The ECC scrapes the cervical canal.

    I had a colpo, but no biopsy. So, with a history of 25 years of good paps, a positive hrHPV test, and a good outer cervix, my gyn decided to do the ECC. The ECC diagnosed the AIS. I don't know for certain, but I don't think the ECC is used (or can - not sure) to diagnose cancer. I think of the ECC as "a pap for the canal". A pap can't diagnose cancer and I don't think an ECC can either. So, the CKC might come back with more information (like it did for me) and say there is cancer OR it might say, it is just AIS. It will depend on how deep the lesion is. So, it is possible the CKC will give more bad news. It is also possible that is the stopping place - at least until you are finished having a family.

    I know there are women who want to keep their uterus, with AIS, even though they are finished having a family. I was that way (only I hadn't had children and wasn't about to start at 44!). I had some strange attachment to my uterus and how it helped mark each month. When it came down to it, those skip lesions, the fact that I wasn't going to have children, and my age were reasons enough for me to change my mind and tell the doctor "give me the hyst." I think the hyst is the surest way to make sure a woman doesn't have to go through years of follow up appointments/tests, considering the characteristics and nature of AIS. I'm so glad I had my hyst and don't have to worry about follow up appointments, the waiting for results, etc.

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    How did you stay strong and positive? You sound like a trooper...I need help in that area. I suffer from anxiety and this diagnosis has definitely kicked it into high gear. I can't seem to stop my mind from going to that place. Can I die from this? I know, it sounds like I am asking you to look through a magic crystal ball but as lons as you have been on this board, have you experienced any woman not making it through this?

    Thanks and I apologize for all of the questions....
    Don't worry about all of the questions. I'm glad to answer anything I can. Honestly, this board and another hyster board were my only places to really talk about my cancer, my fears, etc. No one else seemed to understand.

    How did I make it through? Honestly? Hope and prayers. Toss this discussion board and doing internet searches (but restricting it to reliable sources - there are some disturbing sites out there) into the mix and that is how I made it. I'm also a teacher. I actually learn by teaching. I'd do research, come here, discuss it, and it would all start making sense to me. It also helped me to reach out and help those who joined after me, but had the same worries. I also kept in mind those women who might come along after I stopped posting here and wanted to offer as much hope and help to them as I possibly could. So, I posted.

    Let's talk about the hope and prayers. I've been on a long journey of figuring out my beliefs. Being diagnosed with cancer and going through the follow up phase has actually made me an even stronger believer in hope and prayers. There's a lot more to that, and I'll share it if you wish, but not in this post . . . I'm already talking a lot!

    Don't be fooled, I had some really bad days and moments. I felt very sorry for myself and was worried that I'd die, etc. I had to keep telling myself that if I stuck my foot out to take a step there WOULD be ground underneath me. I might not see it, but I trusted it was there. It might be uneven ground, but there was ground. Again, my faith and hope took me a long way. Some days I just had to tell myself "this too shall pass" a half-million times before I was distracted enough from my worries/panic to go on to my next daily task (or class period - if I was at school).

    I'm sorry I wrote a novel. I hope I've said something that helps you realize there is ground beneath your step. And that there are women out there in the world who have been through what you've been through - and care about you, even though we don't really know each other! ((((((hugs))))))

     
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    Hi there -- Pickle has already given you a lot of awesome info. Here's a little of my story just to give you some info on my experience.

    I had 20+ years of clean paps. In May 2008 my ob/gyn tested me for hpv for the first time, and it came back positive for high risk hpv. My pap at that time was normal, and she told me nothing was necessary except to make sure I kept my yearly appointments. "Luckily" I had a problem in Nov 2008 (six months later), and had a pap with a new doc which came back as abnormal, so I had a colpo w/biopsies and an ECC (I say luckily, because if I hadn't gone back in November, my problem wouldn't have been discovered for at least another six months, and I hate to think of how much further this may have progressed in that time). My ECC was clean, but the biopsies came back showing AIS. That ob/gyn did my CKC, which revealed invasive adenocarcinoma, staged at 1a2/1b1 (there were differing opinions given on my staging by the different facilities that looked at my slides). I was quite comfortable having my gyn do the CKC, and although I didn't know it until after further surgery, that CKC actually removed all of the cancer, so in my opinion, he did a great job.

    At the time my ob/gyn discovered the AIS, he had told me that if the CKC revealed invasive cancer, then I would need a hyst. I was 39 at the time and did not have children yet, and was absolutely hysterical. After my CKC revealed the invasive cancer, I saw a gyn oncologist, who informed me that I qualified for a trachelectomy, which is a cervix removal only, which allows for retained fertility (they don't actually take the whole cervix -- they leave about 5-10mm, and place a permanent cerclage to support a pregnancy). There's a bunch of things that factor into whether a trach is sufficient treatment, but suffice it to say that thankfully I was able to have one. Women with trachs have about a 25% increase risk of late term pregnancy loss and are considered high risk pregnancies, BUT that is better than the 0% chance of sustainable pregnancy with a hyst.

    The trach was the only treatment I required. I am followed by the gyn onc every three months, for two years; after that it will go to six months, and after five years, I am told I can go back to yearly exams. I don't think I'll ever feel comfortable with that, but that's a ways off yet. Next week is actually the one year mark since my trach, and I am just looking forward to getting yet another clean bill of health!

    Current treatment recommendations for women with early invasive cancers in women who desire to retain fertility are leaning towards less drastic surgical measures, and women staged 1a1 are now often having repeat CKC's rather than even a trach.

    Hope some of this is helpful!

     
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    I should probably also add a little more of my history so no one gets scared by my story or thinks that my cancer progressed very quickly.

    While I had 20+ years of clean paps and did keep my appointment each and every year, the ob/gyn I went to did not bother to test me for hpv until May 2008, so who knows how long I had that issue going on. And while my pap at that time came back normal, I found out after the fact that there was also a notation on my pathology report that there was scanty cellularity, and therefore the test results were limited because she didn't really get a good scrape. Apparently she got just enough to meet the cut off, but that was also not enough to detect a problem further up, which is where my problem was. I did not find this out until after my diagnosis, when I asked for a copy of my entire chart. I had been going to this particular gyno for almost 10 years, and when I reviewed my records, it turns out that every pap except for three had the comment about the scanty cellularity and the test being limited because of that. Of course that's not the report that the office forwards to you every year; I only got a card in the mail saying things were normal. When I questioned my gyn onc about all of this, he said that yes, a pap with scanty cellularity could account for this being missed. She was so bad that one year the pathologist sent back orders for my pap to be redone because she did such a bad job they couldn't read the slides. I didn't even think twice when I was told they had to redo it, because I had no idea any of this could happen, and of course I hadn't seen the other reports talking about the limitations of her previous testing.

    So, while I technically had a normal pap in May 2008, and was diagnosed with invasive cancer roughly six months later, according to my oncologist, I didn't develop this problem in that short of a period of time. I just had a really crummy doctor who can't do a pap smear.

     
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    Re: Just diagnosed with AIS...

    Cksun, you are going on Tuesday? That's GREAT. Hopefully you will like the dr. If not go see another and another until you find one you like! As my gyn/onc said, "a lot of surgeons are arrogant a**holes". I guess he should know since he is a surgeon (but not an arrogant ahole).

    Hopefully you will feel a bit better after seeing a gyn/onc. They see this stuff all day long and they are your best bet for treatment options, statistics, info, etc.

    Pickle eyes I liked your comment about having an expert in cancer not babies. So true. Ob/gyns have a totally different focus and practice than gyn/oncs.

     
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