Path to Vulvar Cancer (high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion)

Posted by mdr3 @mdr3, Apr 20 10:04am

Anyone have the diagnosis HSIL prior to vulvar cancer? Just wondering how to manage the pain of the lesion(s). Supposedly "not cancer" yet, but something that hurts this badly has to be something. Excision will tell the story. All I can say is, never assume you just have vaginal dryness from an AI

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@mdr3 Can you please explain what HSIL stands for? Do you have that diagnosis? Also, what is AI? I'm asking the second question but I have vaginal atrophy and dryness and I use a moisturizer that works well for me.

Thank you and when is your next appointment with your doctor? Is the excision scheduled yet?


It is a pre-cancerous condition of the skin (High grade squamous intraepithelial lesion). An AI is an aromatase inhibitor I have taken for a year and a half after surgery, chemo and radiation for breast cancer. The vaginal dryness that these estrogen stoppers cause can be extreme, so that's what I thought it was. I pushed my primary care for a gynecological consult where I was taken seriously and received a biopsy; recently got the results. I'll see the doc Monday to discuss next steps. They'll want to remove the lesion I'm quite sure. This whole thing of no gyn and/or pap smears after age 65 is crazy. Had I been examined regularly this never would have happened (p.s. Estrogren creams wouldn't be an option because I had ER positive breast cancer).

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