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    Frequently asked questions about Cervical Cancer and terminology

    If you have had an abnormal PAP and HPV is suspected and you have abnormal cells it may help you to read this thread. DON'T PANIC!


    Some sites to address common questions and worries:


    Johns Hopkins Health Library

    Mayo Clinic overview, with sections for more in-depth info


    U. MD Med Center fact sheet with prevention info

    ASCCP pre-malignant lesions overview sheet

    ASCCP guide to high-grade lesions and colposcopy results

    Cancer Cytopathology journal article on HPV and molecular cancer markers (Slow-loading pdf)


    U MD Med Center screening and diagnosis page, with links at end

    American Cancer Society cancer/precancer diagnosis info page


    NCI illustrated staging guide

    American Cancer Society detailed staging info


    A quick guide to cervical cancer docspeak is at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK66106/.

    Includes a chart explaining the alphabet soup of acronyms and abbreviations. You might need this to understand most of the postings in this category!

    Abbreviation/Acronym Phrase, term, name of instrument
    AGC Atypical glandular cells (specify endocervical or not otherwise specified [NOS])
    AGUS Atypical glandular cells of undetermined significance
    ACIS Endocervical adenocarcinoma in situ
    ASC-H Atypical squamous cells – cannot exclude HSIL
    ASC-US Atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance
    CC Conventional cytology
    CI Confidence interval
    CIN Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
    CIS Carcinoma in situ
    CKC Cold knife conization
    CSQ Cervical Screening Questionnaire
    DR Detection rate
    ECC Endocervical curettage
    GHQW-12 General Health Questionnaire
    HC2 Digene Hybrid Capture 2 high-risk HPV DNA test
    HIV Human immunodeficiency virus
    HPV Human papillomavirus
    HR Hazard ratio
    hrHPV High-risk human papillomavirus
    HSIL High-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion encompassing: moderate and severe dysplasia, CIN2, CIN3, and carcinoma in situ
    ICC Invasive cervical cancer
    IQR Interquartile range
    LBC Liquid-based cytology
    LEEP Loop electrosurgical excision procedure
    LSIL Low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion encompassing: human papillomavirus/ mild dysplasia/CIN1
    OR Odds ratio
    PCR Polymerase chain reaction
    PEAPS-Q Psychosocial Effects of Abnormal Pap Smear Questionnaire
    PPV Positive predictive value
    RCT Randomized controlled trial
    RFPP Relative false positive proportion
    RLU Relative light unit
    RR Relative risk
    SCC Squamous cell carcinoma
    SD Standard deviation
    SE Standard error
    SONE Strips of neoplastic endocervix
    S-STAI-6 Short form of Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory
    STI Sexually transmitted infection
    VIA Visual inspection with acetic acid

    Last edited by Didee; 09-06-2013 at 07:57 PM.
    Aussie, age 61
    1987 CIN 111. Cervix lasered, no further problems.

    Years of pain, bleeding, women's plumbing problems. TV ultrasound, tests, eventual hysterectomy 2007, fibroids in lining of Uterus.

    Dx Peripheral T Cell Lymphoma stage 2B bulky, aggressive Dec/09.
    6 chop14 and Neulasta.
    Clean PET April/10, 18 rads 36gy mop up. All done May 2010
    Iffy scan Nov. 2011. Scan Feb 2012 .still in remission.Still NED Nov 2012.
    Discharged Nov 2014.

    May/2012. U/sound, thyroid scan, FNB. Benign adenoma.

    Relapse Apr 2016. AITL. Some chemos then on to allo transplant. Onc says long remission was good. Still very fixable.

    SCT Aug 2016


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