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"strange dry, scarred patches on post vaginal wall"

Allthecolours
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Hello,

I have "strange, dry-looking, scarred areas on my post vaginal wall. I've had two biopsies taken, and am in the horrible 4 to 6 week waiting period for the result. The gynaecologist said she was checking for cancer.

Is this was cancer might look like on the vaginal wall? I realise this is a difficult question to answer, but thought it was worth a go! 

Thanks,

Allthecolours

Bill - Macmillan
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Hello, “Allthecolours”. I can appreciate that this is a really difficult time for you. Coping with uncertainty is always hard, but especially so when waiting for the result of medical tests. Scarring or “fibrosis” in body tissues can have many causes from infection to injury or changes in hormone levels . It’s not possible to say what the underlying cause may be simply by looking at superficial appearances, even when a gynaecologist is very experienced. The fact that there is some doubt suggests that it’s not obviously cancer but that doesn’t rule it out completely.  Unfortunately, the only way to know the answer fully is to wait for the pathology report on the cells within the biopsies.

Bearing in mind that “Maggie’s Centres” are aimed at supporting people with anyone affected by cancer – even if it is only the worry of a POSSIBLE diagnosis- you may find their resources on managing stress and relaxation techniques useful. I hope that this is of some help – Best wishes, Bill (Cancer Information Nurse)

Allthecolours
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Thanks, Bill,

I think that's probably the most helpful answer that anyone could possibly give!

I have associated worrying symptoms, and when I'm feeling jolly I'm sure it's all coincidental, but for some reason there are times when it seems impossible to think of anything else.

Truly grateful,

Allthecolours