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Transvanginal Scan for Womb Cancer

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Hi, I am very worried about womb cancer. I am 46.  I recently had a transvanginal scan, this was the day before my period started. The scan showed my submucosal fibroid that was 4cm, 18 months ago is now 5cm. Nothing else apart from a smaller intermural fibroid was seen. My question is because I was due on my period and so the endometrial lining would have been thicker, would the sonography have been able to tell if there was antpything else in the lining or elsewhere that indicated cancer or because she said she couldn’t see anything else am I probably okay? 

My symptoms are that I have been having heavy periods for as long as I can remember, heavy and painful periods for about 2 years and prolonged periods lasting 11-12 days for 6 months.

Ellen M-Macmillan
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Hi Ruby3,

Thanks for getting in touch with us.

It’s natural to worry about cancer when you have symptoms that are not going away, and you have a family history. But there are other more common reasons that are not cancer that could be causing this. A transvaginal ultrasound scan can show up changes in your womb, ovaries or surrounding structures such as thickening of the womb lining.

Having a transvaginal ultrasound before or even during your period is okay. The sonographer/radiographer would have been able to see if there was anything else in the lining or elsewhere. But this is only one test that the doctors would do to check if you have a cancer. If they saw any abnormal changes that were concerning they would have organised a biopsy to find the cause.

However, I see from your activity that you’re having a having a hysterectomy in January. This will give you a definite answer as well as treat the heavy periods that your experiencing.

January will feel like an eternity away, but it will be here before you know it. Waiting to have tests and results can cause anxiety and I see that you’re getting support from our womb cancer group. But if you feel that you’re getting stressed and you’re having difficulty coping with the wait then it would be worthwhile making an appointment to speak to your GP about how you’re feeling. These tips to help manage stress and anxiety can be helpful to try too.

Best wishes and take care.

Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.