Mar 19, 2003 - 5:44 pm
Hi, this is my first time on this site and I'm not sure how this discussion board works, but here goes...
I was diagnosed with VIN III Feb. 2003. I have yet to see the gyn oncologist that my family dr. has referred me to. I've been back and forth with the insurance co. since there is no gyn oncologist in my city, with the nearest being an hour away. The oncologist's office has said that any ob/gyn could perform the laser surgery, I need. After reading about this diagnosis on the Amer. Cancer Society web page, it sounds like my family dr. was right to refer me to a gyn oncologist after talking with the ob/gyn's within her network. My dr. told me that she thought that the laser would probably be all I needed and that this was not unlike the cervical dysplasia that I've been treated for twice in 25 years. She said it was a sort of skin cancer. Skin cancer, in general, is a concern for me because my only sibling died of a melanoma at age 33. I've also read that vulvar melanoma can look similar. Concerning the original biopsy, is that the only test done or should there be more done? I would appreciate hearing from anyone that could give me any information that you only know from going through this. Thanks