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Does early cancer have symptoms?

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Does early cancer have symptoms?

Im 5 days away from a biopsy and results. It's been a year..almost 2 without treatment bc I couldn't afford it. 


Im afraid they'll tell me I have cancer. 


I recently met a great guy and I'm afraid all of this will ruin everything. A cancer diagnoses will just stick a fork in everything. 


I am sorry you are scared and are having these worries. I did not have any symptoms at all of my (what we believe to be) early stage cancer. 

Best of luck wirh the biopsy!


11/18Abnormal Pap CINIII

12/18Colpo confirmsCINIII

12/18Cold Knife cone biopsy confirms CiNIII, clear margins-doctor suggest hysterectomy

1/19 second opinion-close monitoring appropriate

5/19, 8/19 paps and colpos CIN I

2/20 Pap reveals CIN III

3/17/20 Lietz under GA

3/20/20 Diagnosed with invasice cervical cancer, no clear margins

5/12/20Radical Hysterectomy, Lymph node dissection, ovarian transposition-Staged 1B1-no further treatment needed

Follow up 9/28/20



Jazza's picture

My tumour got to 3.8cm in size before I had any noticeable symptoms.  It was a stage 2A1 - still very curable.

Not too long now before your biopsy, hope all goes well for you.


  • Feb 04:  (age 47y) Smear test normal
  • Stopped going for smears!
  • Summer 16: persistent watery yellow vaginal discharge
  • Dec 16: post menopausal vaginal bleed
  • Jan 17: Hysteroscopy under GA for ?fibroids - abnormal cervix observed -multiple biopsies taken, 1B1  squamous  cell cc diagnosed - confirmed by MRI/PET scans
  • Feb 17: pelvic lymphadenectomy - nodes negative, Da Vinci radical hysterectomy- close anterior margin/LVSI/PNI, restaged to 2A
  • Apr/May 17: 6x chemo, 25x external radio, 2x brachy
  • May 20:  NED.  Various side effects notably hypotonic bladder since hysterectomy - ongoing ISC, unilateral lymphoedema lower abdo/groin/leg/ankle/foot
Kniterella's picture

Did you having a Colposcopy?   All this waiting is awful for you, but you will be seen within weeks rather than months.

I hope you will get good news, but please I urge you to coninue to have smear tests, its very important  But icc can happen to anyone so all these tests,are all very important.  I hope your young man will stay with you and care for you cos believe me a cc diagnosis knocks wind out of your ‘sails.’  So is everything Ok or not so good?

I had my Colposcopy end of April, I was told the scans showed uterus lining  was thickened and cervix had abnormal cells, the Doc told me she thinks I have cc.  I’m over 60, so don’t really need my lady bits.  Today I had another appointment, the Doctor told me I had pre cancerous cells with a few cancer cells in uterus, so if nothing is done I will get full cancer which could spread.  I’m relieved but upset too, best thing to do is to have a full Hysterectomy.  Heck It was scary.  I signed the consent form.  The Surgeon came in room he told me he will cut my abdomen and take ovaries uterus tubes n cervix out, then Path Lab will have a good look at them.  I will get some meds to stop infections.  My Care Manager was with she said I will have to stay in bed for 3 months after op so things will heal up properly.

Good luck, I hope all goes well and you were not too shocked.  



Pray hope don’t worry

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