Hi, your response triggered a prompt to provide another link for you -abberent cells are staged and graded and treatment adjusted accordingly. Most often one hears of cervical cancer staging but it is true for any abnormal cell line. An actual diagnosis of cancer is a hijacking of blood vessels and nutrients by cells that are being reprogrammed to take over and run amok. These cells multiply, develop their own circulation which increasingly hijacks the flow of nutrients and blood flow from the needs of surrounding tissues. The result is increasing interference with normal physiology. Some abberent cell lines progress so extremely slowly that no intervention is required because one runs out of life before the cancer is problematic (often seen in thyroid cancers) and other abnormal tissues need stepped up therapies -hence the need to discuss these issues with the specialist who see, understand and treat these issues frequently.
I know this is easier said than done but try to recognize how blessed you are to have found this early rather than later, that treatments have really evolved which gives you time to do your homework. I always google my providers and read extensively the research they have been involved with, their rating profiles (what other consumers say about
them, how responsive the office staff are as well as to start querying my network of friends, peers and resources for best possible providers. One of my favorite web sites is ratemds.com . . . in using these web sites ya have ta remember that under the bell curve of normal the outliers are those that are motivated to post on this type of forum. What that means is that people are extremely happy or extremely pissed off -the "average" person isn't motivated to make a positive/negative statement. I always think that the more informed I am the better armed I am, but that probably is controversial! Sometimes there is prudence in just trusting one's provider and their recommendations also.
the following web site trustworthy -but remember in all of this - its a miracle that this has been identified early so take comfort in this. take care, Barb
Symptoms since Jan 2009, Dx UC vs crohns May 2010 but probably small bowel Crohn's dz, biopsies all "normal"
Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin
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