Feb 09, 2014 - 9:00 am
Hello everyone. So happy to have found this forum. I know you be such a valuable resource and support for me.
My main reason for posting is that I want to know what to ask my gyn onc when I see him this week, pre hysterectomy. What would be helpful for me to know at this early stage? I know he did blood work when I went in for the D&C because the nurse did several blood draws. Not sure what she was checking other than blood type and metabolic panel.
I am at the very beginning of this cancer journey. Quick backstory: I am already post menopausal at age 49. Had a blessedly easy and early menopause. Have not have any spotting or discharge of any kind in the past 5 years. Typcially have clean paps, though I did have some dysplasia about 10 years ago and it was treated in office. I have no concurrent health issues.
Went to gyno for yearly checkup in January. All seemed normal but pap came back AGUS. Gyno right on top of that. Called me at home, after calling a gyn oncologist herself, and told me I had an appt the very next day with oncologist! My gyno is a cancer survivor herself and a friend so she tends to be aggressive.
Gyn onc did pelvic, didn't see or feel anything but concerned about AGUS. He thought it was unusual that I would have no bleeding (if the problem were uterine) and scheduled me for vag US. That came back clean. Ovaries and tubes looked great. Nothing showing on cervix or uterus.
He scheduled D&C. Said cervix looked normal. He did not see anything of concern except for a few polyps. He removed those. He sent one to lab during D&C and it came back negative. He was cautiously optimistic and said I would need to be followed closely and often on paps.
Then we got the surprising result from the lab that another one of the polyps was positive for cancer. Doc called me on Friday and said I would need hysterectomy and I have an appt with him this week.
What do I ask him? How do I prepare for this operation? I asked him about Da Vinci on the phone but he appeared doubtful I would be a candidate. Not sure why. We will talke about that more at the appt.