Christina S. Chu, MD
Last Modified: January 27, 2002
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
I recently had a colposcopy, and had 4 biopsies taken from the four lesions found on my cervix. The results have come back as a low-grade abnormal type. I am being told to leave the lesions there, and be tested every six months. Isn't that a clue that I am a very high risk for these lesions to advance into a more serious matter? I guess I'm upset because I feel like I am getting different treatment because I'm poor, and being tested every six months is not only very inconvienient, and increases my stress, but it is very expensive, what should I do?
Christina S. Chu, MD, Assistant Professor of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, responds:
There are generally two options after the diagnosis of low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions has been confirmed by biopsy:
Sep 9, 2011 - Liquid-based cytology detects cervical cancer recurrence in about one-third of patients treated for cervical cancer; and, in the absence of any visible lesions, colposcopy is not indicated for follow-up of patients with atypical squamous cells of uncertain significance or low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions, unless abnormalities persist, according to a study published in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.