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    I am going to question the Dr. At one point I felt they didn't even use my chart. I had to correct their medical records that was forwarded to them. I will study up on the atrophy and see what I can do.

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    Has anyone with anal cancer had abnormal Pap smears then amazingly a normal one occurs.

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      subie

      Thank you geeking for your thoughts on the matter.

      4 days ago
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      BarbarainBham

      Subie, although I haven't had cancer in that area, I have had several abnormal Pap smears with biopsies.

      Generally speaking, I was told that a Pap smear is only as good as the doctor who does it, that they have to choose the location where they remove a piece of tissue for the Pap smear, and they might not choose the spot with cancer.

      If you have questions about your situation, the best thing for you to do is make a list of questions and ask your doctor, since he has your medical records. If you question the doctor's competence, make an appointment with another specialist to review your records and discuss with you. Best wishes.

      4 days ago
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      P.S. There are answers for preventing atrophy. One is prescription estrogen cream used vaginally, so it doesn't go all over your body. If your anal cancer is related to estrogen, you would need to discuss pros and cons with a sensitive oncologist---look for a female. Don't delay, because to my knowledge, atrophy can't be reversed, so you have to prevent it from getting worse.

      For example, I've had breast cancer, so oncologists in the U.S. have approved Estrace (estrogen cream) vaginally at lower dosages for patients who've had breast cancer. It also helps if you have a prolapsed bladder from lack of estrogen.

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    Mine was the squamous cell carcinoma,stage 111 b with metastasis to the left lymph node. My problems have never stopped from the chemo,rad since but this is the first time I have had possible reoccurrence.

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    Other Care (Possible cone biopsy or hysterectomy.): I have now learned I have squamous cells and the hpv virus. After having anal cancer this another slap in the face. I was told the cancer would return with one to two years. Are there any supplements recommended or foods to concentrate. Has anyone had anal cancer reoccur?

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      So sorry that you're dealing with this after all you've been through. I have been fortunate to not have my anal cancer (stage IIIb) recur; it's been 11 years now. I did have a complete resection with a permanent colostomy that removed all of the cancerous areas following chemo/radiation protocol. Was your anal cancer squamous cell, as well?

      9 days ago