What cancers show up on a pap smear?

Quite a bit. The pap smear, which is a screening test only and not a diagnostic test, can show signs of cervical cancer, uterine cancer, fallopian tube cancer, and even in some cases, ovarian cancer. It can also show signs of cancers that have spread to these organs from other parts of the body (metastatic cancer). Very early dysplasias (pre-cancers) of the cervix are what it does best.
Short Answer. Cervical cancer. The goal is to detect early changes and not cancer. Its the screening test of choice and all women should have them done.

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Post menopause period for 4 days. Bleeding now stopped. Tvu shows slight endometrial thickening 6mm. Pap smear 8 months ago was clear. Is this cancer?

Unlikely. While it is unlikely that you have cancer, a thickened endometrial lining in a menopausal woman is not normal. You do need to have an endometrial biopsy, or a D&C with hysteroscopy. You may have a polyp, a pre-cancer or less likely uterine cancer. Wishing you the best in health. Read more...

What is the first thing you do when you find stage IV cancer on a pap smear. Schedule surgery or chemo or what exactly?

Stage IV. Means that it has spread beyond the primary area(bladder/ or rectum) or goes to distant organ. In general, chemotherapy will be the treatment for a stage IV ca.Surgery and/or radiation would sometimes be recommended for specific reasons- such as if there is pathologic fractures/ or painful bone metastases; a blockage to the bladder from the cancer etc. Discuss in detail with your physicians. Gbu. Read more...
Speak to your Doctor. One cannot find stage IV cancer on a pap smear. The pap smear is a screening test that looks at the cells lining the cervix or vagina for abnormal cells. If suspicious cells are found, additional testing and biopsy is done. Few abnormal pap smears will eventually turn out to be cancerous but screening for them with regular pap smears can help prevent cancer or catch it early when it can be cured. Read more...
Biopsy the cervix. The pap smear is a screening test to determine who needs further evaluation of the cervix. The pap smear gives some indication of what is likely to be found, but is not definitively diagnostic.If the pap smear is abnormal, that woman needs addition workup that would include a colposcopy and probably biopsies to determine exactly what is going on and how extensive it is, which would guide treatment. Read more...
Pap isn't Dx. You can't diagnose cervical cancer on a pap smear alone. The diagnosis requires a full thickness biopsy, complete pelvic exam, & a knowledge of how extensive or large the cancer is. Stage IV is not treatable with surgery and needs evaluation by a gyn oncologist to decide if chemo and/or radiation will help. Stage IV means spread to other organs and is difficult to treat. Read more...

If my pap smear states I have stage four cancer, what are the exact abbreviations that are used on the results form?

Screening. Current terminology for pap smears most commonly include atyical squamous cells, lsil and hsil (low or high grade squamous intraepithelial lesions). A cancer diagnosis is based on a biopsy and cervical cancer staging is based on a surgical evaluation. The pap is screening only--it does not provide a definitive diagnosis. Read more...
Confusion of terms. A pap smear may indicate that you have suspicious or cancerous cells in the cervix, but it cannot diagnose stage 4 cancer. You need to discuss the results again with your health care provider to clear up the confusion. Read more...

I had a pap smear done about 2 months ago and it came back adnormal they told me to go back to get another one in 6 months could it be cancer?

Not likely. But, you need to follow this closely with repeat examinations. This abnormal test is a sign of a precancerous condition (likely related to the hpv virus) that can eventually transform into a cancer if it doesn't go away on its own or doesn't get treated. Read more...
Unlikely. Pap smear has various grades of abnormality from bad grade of abnormality with cancer cells to low grade abnormality of atypical cell most likely yours which need close observation and that will not not lead to cancer. (as in your case ) follow your doctors advice , if you are not sure or uncertain take a second opinion to keep your mind at peace. Good luck. Read more...

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...