My gynecologist told me in a grave voice that women who receive cancer treatment have a high risk of developing cervical cancer (while on treatment). Since I have had an abnormal pap, I am thinking, "Oh great." "Females with CML have to be on the drug for life." So, even if my last pap comes back normal this time, she still wants to see me every six months to make sure nothing is developing. She is also pushing for a yearly mammogram. I had one last year and it was normal. And I am still under the age that it is statistically worthwhile for. But are my odds higher of getting breast cancer too because of cancer treatment?
Anyway, back to cervical cancer, I could only guess that what she has read relates to women on standard chemotherapy. I am pretty sure there is not much out there, if anything at all, about females with CML on TKIs getting cervical cancer at a higher rate (drugs probably too new).
It was very unsettling to hear this. The way she relayed it to me, it seemed like it was inevitable. She was very sure. She is a good doctor and I am sure what she reads is credible. But, I just cannot help thinking that the stats she reads have nothing to do with females on TKIs. Like most, she has seemed to lump cancer sufferers into one category. And the cancers she read most about probably deal with the breast and reproductive system near and around. I know breast, and cervical cancer can be related. So there seems to be some variables out there along with chemotherapy that may or may not really cause cervical cancer. But I know very little of the subject.
Has anyone read anything about this subject? Any thoughts?
P.S. I am not sure of any significance, but could only guess that any cancer treatment for any kind of cancer could result in a secondary cancer. The drugs are very cytotoxic. I am also wondering if the odds for cerical cancer are any higher than for anyone to get a second cancer after (or while) receiving cancer treatment. Pretty much as I understand it, if you have one cancer, the odds are increased that you will get another. However, I think this has a lot to do with the kind of treatment you are receiving. Hope I am not totally off base. Like I said, I am not very knowledgeable.