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Forum > Specific Cancer: Specific Cancer
Preinvasive Cervical Carcinoma

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Date: 2003-10-25

Question:
hi, my name is --- and I have a very important question to ask I am 25 years old and I have 3 small children and I am about 12 weeks pregnant which it was a unplanned pregnancy, anyway I went to my first doctors appointment and had my pap smear done and the results came back as high grade, so the doctor did a biobsy and the results came back again as high grade lesion and I have been getting information on it and basically I am deciding wether to go on with this pregnancy, my husband and mother tell me that they would rather have me take care of this now befor it becomes an actual cancer. now my doctor told me that the precancer cells can grow into something worst but he cant treat me until after the birth, so basically what i am saying is that i am not actually sure how long I have had these bad cells and how fast it can grow into an actual cancer and wether i should continue with my pregnancy? please help me.

Answer:
The following information should not replace the assessment and advice you have been receiving from your physician (cancer specialist, obstetrician, or any other healthcare provider). It is offered for your information only

It is not clear from your question the exact stage of the tumor. The literature suggests that for patients with preinvasive cervical carcinoma, abortion and conization is the treatment of choice during the first trimester. Later on, only conization of the cervix is done. (Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol 2003;30:19-22)

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