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Vaginal Intraepithelial Neoplasia treatment

From Rosalyn Owens in Shropshire

Hi. My name is Rosalyn and I have just had my 59th birthday. I have been married for 31 years and have a son 29, who got married 2 yrs ago.

I have what is known as a rare condition. Vaginal Interepithelial Neoplasia - VAIN for short.

I was 40 when I had a hysterectomy but for the last 19 yrs I have had 6 month checkups, which showed abnormal smears each time, from grade 2 to 3 (up and down). I had a grade 3 VAIN again, which means it hasn't turned to cancer but does need treatment again.

3 yrs ago I had internal chemotherapy. 1 yr later I had laser treatment as there was still a piece of skin left that needed eradicating. Since then I still had abnormal cells. I came out of hospital just over 2 weeks ago after Vaginal Internal Radiotherapy.

1st week I felt good - then it happened, ulcers broke out and were red raw and weeping. I have burn cream to sooth the skin and drink water constantly to try and dilute my urine. Despite being on antibiotics and lots of pain relief the stinging and pain is just about bearable. I would love to hear from anyone who has had this (selectron treatment). Any other information would be appreciated. I remain positive and will get through this. Good luck to you all and thank you for listening.

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Updated: 28 September 2009