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    Procedure or Surgery (Hysterectomy): I was afraid in the beginning, but I can honestly say "I haven't felt this good in years. I haven't experienced any hormone problems. I feel awesome!!

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    Well my Pap results came in....and to no surprise they said that I have obvious cell changes and what looks to them on a slide to be CIN1 first stage Cervical Cancer. I have to have a Colposcopy and a Biopsy done but I can't afford it, no Medicaid, no Insurance and every Clinic I've called can't help me. The cheapest appointment I found was any where between $480-$600. I'm a mother of 4, and my husband the only income. I'll never have that much money. Now I'm scared with no where to turn to. I would have rather not had that test ran and not know, instead of knowing and not doing anything about it. : (

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      GregP_WN

      Hi Bell, sorry your in this pinch. Contact the American Cancer Society by going to cancer . org and you will find an 800 number there. Give them a call and they will search for places near you that may be able to help. Also ask the social worker at the hospital for help, lots of places have programs for uninsured but they just don't advertise it. I wish you well. And you might want to post this as a question on the questions page for others to see and offer some suggestions.

      over 8 years ago
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      Bell

      Thank you for the advice. I have been calling everybody I can, and still no help so im definitely fixing to call the people you told me about. Thank you!

      over 8 years ago
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    Need information on Cervical Cancer

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      cam32505

      Usually a pap test takes a few days to get the results, but better than having a D&C, which took longer because I had to schedule out patient surgery, then wait several days for test results. I had uterine cancer. If you have cervical cancer, they may recommend different treatments, depending on your age and stage of cancer. You may be offered a hysterectomy, chemo, and or radiation. It all depends on the stage of your cancer. They will need to do additional tests besides the pap to determine stage, which will determine treatment. Since cervical cancer gives you some clues, there is hope that it has been caught early. It is the only female cancer that can be caught during your annual exam, without any symptoms. Good luck to you. There are many treatments and long-term survivors out there. I worked with a woman who had both breast and ovarian cancer 13 years ago, and she still works.

      over 8 years ago
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      Dear Bell,
      First let me say I am.sorry you must go through this. Waiting is often the hardest part. Try and do something you enjoy. Spend time with friends or family and be kind to yourself.
      I have uterine cancer and did not notice symptoms until I had vaginal bleeding. All my paps were clear. They did a.biopsy and I had the results in less than a week and was schedule for a radical hysterectomy within nine days. It was hardly time to.get my.life in order between tests, advanced directives, work, telling family and friends, etc. At the time I thought it was wrong to move so fast but on hindsight, it was the right thing to do as I am a worried and my stress level was over the top by the time surgery day arrived. I am so grateful for my surgeon, family, and friends that got me through it. Unfortunately, I had to wait three weeks for staging as they had go send the tissue to two.labs for testing. Sorry to say, I was stage three. Cancer was 52% through the uterine wall and they took seventeen nodes for testing. They found two nodes with cancer. That meant chemo. MY family and friends got me through it. I was only able to complete four of six chemo treatments.We moved on to.radiation and I am happy to report today will.be treatment #12. MY.whole point in giving you all these details is it will be okay. You will.face what you need to. Family and friends and this site will.walk this journey with you. Yes, you will have some dark days but you will do this. Please do not look to the worst outcomes. Just know you are strong and you will do this. I am a whimp. I am doing this. Until you know for sure, just take it one day at a time. Sending you warm hugs,

      Jane

      over 8 years ago
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      First off, let me say how sorry I am that you are going through this. I have to say that by reading your symptoms, I know exactly what you are going through as I too had every symptom you describe. It took over a yr for me to get diagnosed as each symptom was diagnosed in and of itself and, therefore, I was treated for each symptom instead of as the actual condition which was causing it. I spent a yr on antibiotics for utis, chiropractor and physical therapy for back pain, bc for bleeding for potential endometriosis, and diet changes for bowel issues for possible chrohn's disease, etc...It was very frustrating. When it comes to being diagnosed, you will undergo the PAP exam, which can take up to a week do get results, depending on dr and lab used. If itnis suspected that you have cancer, I am certain your dr will request a rush, in which case it can be much sooner. After that, if it comes back abnormal, the dr will then call you in for a biopsy of the abnormal cells. If this comes back positive for cervical cancer you will then be scheduled for eiter a PET or CT scan to stage your cancer. If there is suspected lymph node involvement, you most likely will also undergo davinci exploratory surgery to disect several of them for biopsy as well. If there is indeed lymph involvement, your treatment will consist of chemo and radiation. Surgery is not standard treatment for those with lymphatic involvement as it runs higher risk of microscopic cancer cells being deposited elsewhere in body and causing further metastasis. If there is no lymphatic involvement and staging is 2 or less, standard treatmentnis typically a hysterectomy. If beyond stage 2,even without lymph involvement, treatment is chemo and radiation as tumor is considered to large and advanced for surgical removal. Treatment is used to shrink mass and hopefully complete rid a woman of it alltogether. But, you must be staged for any of this to be determined.
      While I know very well how difficult it is to wait to find out what it is you have. The waiting is truly the worst part. Once diagnosed, you then at least know what you are up against and how to fight it! And, most importantly you can begin fighting it!
      While waiting...I will tell you the worst thing you can do is research it online! Whatever you do, do not look up statistics! You will find yourself going down the rabbit hole when there may be no need, and will find yourself looking for and expecting the worse case scenarios. Besides, cancer is very much an individual disease. No statistic knows how any one of us will respond to treatment, how strong we are mentally or physically, etc.
      When I was finally diagnosed, I was stage 4. The oncologist who actually discovered it, told my husband that my cancer was so advanced and invasive that he could not even biopsy it because I would have bled to death. He then told him that it was so severe that I had only a matter of months to live, 6 if I was lucky, and that my only course was to be admitted into hospice and receive palliative care. That was September 2010. Yet, todat, I am still here, and I am currently NED. While, yes it was one XXX of a battle, and one I continue to fight almost daily with complications from both the disease and treatments and surgeries, I am here and am expected to be so for some time.
      I contribute this to the fact that I never once looked at what my odds of survival were. I took the approach that I was in charge, not this disease! I also had a wonderful support system! I had a husband who never let me give up or feel sorry for myself. He and my kids made sure that everything went on as normal as possible. So, surround yourself with as many positive influences as you can. While there will be people who may treat you differently, let them know up front that you are still you. Try not to sink into depression or anxiety, try to stay as positive as you can! Always know that you are not alone! There are so many women who have and are battling rigt along side of you. If need be, reach out to local and online support groups. This one is great, as well there is an online group NCCC, National Cervical Cancer Coalition with women of all stages in the battle who are willing to share stories and advice and just listen, whatever you need!
      I sincerely wish you the very best in whatever it is that you may find yourself battling.

      Rose

      over 8 years ago
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      glam

      I would recomend you to talk with your doctor immediately.......I don;t know what it might mean but something that I have learned throughout this fight against cancer is that we need to report every new symptom, reaction and/or side effect to our doctor team and not to take for granted any of them.......it is better to listen to "it is normal, nothing to worry about....." than to listen to "if you had mentioned that before......" ........talk with them and I will be praying that it is not a big deal......God bless you and we all

      over 8 years ago
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      Bell

      Thanks so much for the feed backs. I did call my Oncologist and he believes I have Lymphadenopathy (Sarcoidosis). Basically its caused by an autoimmune disease associated with an abnormal immune response. Its easier described as inflamed tissues! He believes with Prednisone and anti-immflamatory meds, it will eventually fade away! I was so relieved to hear that, my 39 year old cousin has lymphoma Cancer and I was terrified I had it also.

      over 8 years ago
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      Gabba

      I am so glad you called! Now take a deep breath and enjoy today!!

      over 8 years ago