Detection of Gynecologic Cancers
Test Anxiety? Read this!
Are you going nuts waiting for the results of a cancer test? This article contains strategies for getting through the difficult days surrounding biopsies and other tests.
CA-125 - Getting the Facts
Separate the myths from the facts about detecting ovarian cancer with CA 125.
CA-125 Blood Test
From Oncolink - more info about CA-125.
CATs 'n' PETs - A Guide to Cancer Imaging Technology - Find out the difference between CT scans, MRIs and PETs, and learn about a new combination technology just hitting the market.
Cervical Dysplasia Treatment Guide - From our HPV and Dysplasia section - includes information about biopsies, colposcopy, and treatment.
Cone biopsies can be used both to diagnose cervical abnormalities and as a treatment to remove them. Here's a description, including diagrams, from WebMD.
Biopsy - Patient's Descriptions
Women describe what it was like to cone biopsies done on the Eyes on the Prize site.
and Curettage (D&C)
Description of this procedure from WebMD. When the purpose is to investigate endometrial abnormalities, it is most often done in conjunction with a hysteroscopy (see below).
This procedure to obtain a sample of endometrial tissue for further study is described on the WebMD site.
A hysteroscopy is a procedure where your MD is able to look inside the uterus for assessment. It is described on this page from the ObGynNet.
Booklet on MR/MRI Scans from the Royal Marsden Hospital Web site.
- Patient's Descriptions
The Eyes on the Prize site brings you descriptions of the experience of having an MRI.
A pelvic exam will include a Pap smear, but is much more than that. Regular pelvic exams are first-line cancer screening for almost all gyn cancers. This excellent description comes from Gyn101.com.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans are able to pick up some things CAT scans can't.
This procedure is critical to the complete detection and proper treatment of ovarian, uterine, and tubal cancers.
This test is used to help evaluate the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. This description of the test comes from the WebMD site.
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