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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Am 32 - no children yet. Best way to determine 1.Ovarian cancer-pap smear or ca 125 & 2.Breast cancer-mammography or ca 15-3 granny died of ovarian ca?

Am 32 - no children yet. Best way to determine 1.Ovarian cancer-pap smear or ca 125 & 2.Breast cancer-mammography or ca 15-3 granny died of ovarian ca?

Exam: I would not recommend obtaining a ca-125 as it is a nonspecific test in patients without ovarian cancer. I would recommend a gynecologic exam. At your age, i would recommend a yearly breast exam. I would start obtaining mammograms at age 40. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Abnormal pap smear-enlarged uterus(11cm)left complex ovarian cyst(new since 7/31/15)and thickening endometrium(10mm)Possibly cancer?Lower abd pain24/7

Abnormal pap smear-enlarged uterus(11cm)left complex ovarian cyst(new since 7/31/15)and thickening endometrium(10mm)Possibly cancer?Lower abd pain24/7

A cornucopia: You have 5 major reasons for seeing a GYN MD now. This is the "horn of plenty" of symptoms that need immediate evaluation. Surgery may be in your immediate future after biopsy and evaluation. ...Read more

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Post menopause bleeding. D&c clear, tvu show hyperplasia(6mm). Pap smear clear. Sometimes pelvic pain & bloating. 1.3cm ovarian cyst.Ovarian cancer?

Post menopause bleeding. D&c clear, tvu show hyperplasia(6mm). Pap smear clear. Sometimes pelvic pain & bloating. 1.3cm ovarian cyst.Ovarian cancer?

Need work up: You had ultrasound and d&c; the uterus should be clear. Bloating and pain is probably unrelated to your gynecology issues.The ovarian cyst however, is worth a follow up by ultrasound and blood test. ...Read more

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Total hys. In 2005 because of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Now had 2 abnormal paps and scheduled for another in 2 weeks. Also 2 scopes showed nothing.

Total hys. In 2005 because of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Now had 2 abnormal paps and scheduled for another in 2 weeks. Also 2 scopes showed nothing.

Not possible: If you had a total hysterectomy your cervix has been removed and a "pap" is not sampling cervical tissue. Could be regional recurrence. You need full evaluation including imaging of abdomen and pelvis. ...Read more

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I had an abnormal pap smear low grade. Does this mean cancer?

I had an abnormal pap smear low grade. Does this mean cancer?

Not cancer: If your pap smear shows LSIL, which stands for low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, most doctors will not do anything immediately. You will probably be asked to come back in six months for another pap smear to see if the lesions are still present. In many cases, the lesions disappear over time and there are no further problems. If you return for your second pap smear and the finding is still present, you will probably be advised to have a coloposcopy done. A coloposcopy is a procedure performed in a doctor's office and is typically the first step in diagnosing cervical cancer ...Read more

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I have an abnormal pap smear. Hpv was found at high risk. What does that mean? Do I have cervical cancer? What happens if I become pregnant?

I have an abnormal pap smear. Hpv was found at high risk. What does that mean? Do I have cervical cancer? What happens if I become pregnant?

Need for follow-up: You do not have cancer but have higher than normal risk for cancer. You should get PAP smears done yearly, more frequently if your doctor suggests. Pregnancy would be okay, but make sure that you are taking pre-natal vitamins and keep in touch with your doctor for care throughout pregnancy. ...Read more

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I had an abnormal pap smear and i had to go for a biopsy this morning. The doctor saw white spots on my cervix. Does this mean i have cancer? Im 25

I had an abnormal pap smear and i had to go for a biopsy this morning. The doctor saw white spots on my cervix. Does this mean i have cancer? Im 25

Don't know: I don't know since the biopsy results are not in yet. White spots on the cervix at colposcopy can also be due to non "cancerous CIN( Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia/Dysplasia). Await the results and talk to your MD about them. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

It is a cancer which arises from the ovary. This cancer is typically silent, producing little or no symptoms till it spreads, first into the pelvic area and later into the peritoneal cavity leading to fluid accumulation(ascites) which is often the first symptom. Despite its late presentation, there is a reasonable treatment for it, with some long term survivors even ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more