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Fibroid tumors and elevated WBC's

I was in my gynocologist's office yesterday for an endometrial biopsy for post-menopausal bleeding (I am 49 yrs old and haven't had a period for one year until this month) and he told me that I also need a hysteroscopy done because of a tumor the ultrasound picked up of a "strange-looking" growth at the top of my uterus. He says it looks "cystic, or degenerating".  He could not tell what it was from the ultrasound and needs to look directly at it.  I know that fibroid tumors are usually diagnosed by an ultrasound,  Does the fact that he is doing more testing mean it is not a fibroid tumor?  I am worried because I have had an elevated WBC count for a couple of years, which we have not gotten to the bottom of.  I worry about cancer.  Can anyone give me any insight on this?  Thanks!
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Uterine leiomyomas are the commonest gynecological neoplasms. The typical appearances of leiomyomas are easily recognized when viewed through hysterscopy....typically these mimic cancer and usually are not..a elevated wbc could be your bodys response to this...do you have your wbc numbers?

Also please dont worry about the hyserscopy its a simple very acccurate procedure a small insision on the top line of belly button is point of insertion you will also have two other bilateral insions for abdomen distension(they fill your belly with gas) ( walk walk walk if you have gas pain after procedure it gets rid of it)....Odds are in your favor on this however we will not know untill everything is run through patology,,,,try to remain positive ...I really think you will be ok...NOT saying you may not need a hysterectomy of its what I think it is.....You may or you may not they may be able to just remove the tumor....Keep in touch ok...let me know how your doing..any questions please pm me,,Cherie
599170 tn?1300977493
oh one more thing the word neoplasm is usually percieved to be sunomanous with cancer this is not fact a neoplasm can be either beigne or cancerous
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I'm 62 and post menopausal. I have had vaginal discharge with blood more puss like at the beginning, and my white blood cell count was high when my Dr. did a vaginal swab. To make a long story short. I had a uterine biopsy and they found suspicious cells. I'm still bleeding and have a hysterectomy scheduled  march 9. I have had breast tenderness also that no one seems to acknowledge. I too am very  anxious about the outcome.  
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I'm 62 and post menopausal. I have had vaginal discharge with blood more puss like at the beginning, and my white blood cell count was high when my Dr. did a vaginal swab. To make a long story short. I had a uterine biopsy and they found suspicious cells. I'm still bleeding and have a hysterectomy scheduled  march 9. I have had breast tenderness also that no one seems to acknowledge. I too am very  anxious about the outcome.  
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Sorry you are going through this! Post-menopausal bleeding is not all that uncommon and usually is nothing serious. When you say they found "suspicious cells" do you mean hyperplasia? If so, hormonal therapy with a progestin is the first-line treatment for this. And since it usually cures it, hysterectomy is overkill.

Hysterectomy is grossly overused. Only about 2% are done for cancer in the U.S. And there are a number of long-term (as well as short-term) problems associated with this surgery even if the ovaries are not removed.

I had an unwarranted hysterectomy after my gynecologist used cancer scare tactics to rush me into surgery. After getting my medical records, I realized I'd been had. And now, 9 years later, I am still suffering the effects and some just continue to worsen like the anatomical and skeletal changes and resulting back and hip pain. My sex life has been ruined too - no libido and usually no satisfaction when I do have sex :(

Please make sure you understand the LIFE LONG functions of the uterus and ovaries as well as your condition / diagnosis and ALL treatment options. You are the one who has to live with the consequences to your health and life. I wish I had understood the many ongoing health challenges post-hysterectomy and also the overuse of this surgery and tactics used by far too many gynecologists and gyn oncologists. Best of luck to you in getting treatment that restores your health (fixes the problem, if you do indeed have a problem) versus causing a whole new set of problems (throwing out the baby with the bath water so to speak).
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