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Unread 09-15-2004, 02:48 PM
Solid mass?

Does anyone know what the odds are for this to be cancerous? My best friend just called me and said she has a grapefruit sized solid mass attached to her ovary. She is waiting for the doc that found it to call back with her an appt to an ob/gyn. I told her to go to the one who just did my hysterectomy. They are scheduling her with the first available from that office so that makes me feel better. Does anyone know the difference in if it is solid or not or attached or not? I am trying to offer her support but this is one subject I just dont know anything about.
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Unread 09-15-2004, 03:14 PM
She Needs Gyn/Onc

Solid can be reason for concern. Has she had a CA125 and possibly a CT scan as well as the transvaginal ultrasound?
Those put together will give a good indication if cancer may be suspect. If so, a gynecologic oncologist is an absolute must!
Please pass that on to her. I can't tell if it's cancer or not--but if there's a concern, the gyn/onc is needed.
Unread 09-15-2004, 06:33 PM
Solid mass?

Like Margaret said: a ca 125, a CT scan and a gynecologic oncologist are a must at this point.
It sounds like you adore your ob/gyn, but he will be doing your friend no favors if he is the one to perform the surgery.
Let us know.

oxoxox karenann
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Unread 09-15-2004, 07:18 PM
Solid mass?

It is an absolute must to have a gyn/oncologist perform her surgery. If there is the slightest chance that cancer might be found they are the specialists.

Right from the start my doctor told me that any surgeon or obgyn can perform a hysterectomy but if you want things done right, go with the specialist.

Unread 09-16-2004, 11:42 AM
Solid mass?


Glad your friend is seeing a gyn/onc, mine was a solid tumor, but much, much larger than a grapefruit. It turned out to be OVCA. But, also, in someways i was lucky it was solid, it was fairly encapsulated, although i was staged at 3c. It had spread somewhat, even to a couple of lymph nodes, but they too were invaded by encapsulated cancer cells and therefore did not spread outside my abdomn.
The thought of cancer is really scary, but I am sure your friend will do okay. It may not be cancer too. There are solid tumors that are not cancerous, or at the time they are found are not cancerous.
I say prayers for all of the ladies on this board and i will includeyour friend in my prayers too. Please wish her well for me.

Love, Sally
Unread 09-16-2004, 12:32 PM
Solid mass?


I had a larger than grapefruit sized solid mass attached to my ovary. It ended up being a dermoid cyst. Dermoids are a strange type cyst. The can grow hair, teeth, bone, etc. Most of the time they are non-cancerous. I had no symptoms and it showed up when I had a CT scan done on my liver. A pelvic ultrasound confirmed the diagnosis.

On Aug. 27 I had just the dermoid, right ovary and tube removed. A full hyster was not required. It was done laproscopically and I was up and around the next day. I'm still bruised, can't exercise except walking and have to watch the amount of weight I lift, but I'm doing very well. The dermoid was benign.

I just wanted to let you know not all ovarian masses are cancer.

Good luck with your diagnosis. Please post and let us know the results.

Unread 09-16-2004, 02:56 PM
Solid Mass

Two years ago a solid mass was found on my right ovary. Had a total hysterectomy and debulking and staging for cancer. Turned out I had what was called borderline ovarian cancer, which means low malignancy and slow growing. I needed no further treatment.

The best advice you can give your friend is to see a gynecological oncologist who will run the following tests if she has not already had them - ct scan, vaginal ultra sound and CA-125. If surgery is called for, she will definitely want the oncologist doing the surgery, not just a regular ob/gyn. They know what to look for and are much more qualified to do the debulking and staging.

My prayers are with you and your friend. She needs good friends like you right now!
Unread 09-16-2004, 06:15 PM
Solid mass?

Thanks for all the input. She saw one of the drs in the practice I went to today. She said they believe it is cancer. She is having surgery a week from tomorrow. They are trying to line up another surgeon to be in there also to remove her gallbladder at the same time. The gastro is the one who discovered the mass while trying to see if her gallbladder was bad. During the course of tests, I guess. I am trying to keep her positive but she is just certain it is cancer. Im praying it isnt as Im sure she is too. I had another very close friend have cancer and they got it all during her surgery so I keep reminding her of that too. She and I have been friends for more than 20 years, I cant imagine not having her around.
Unread 09-17-2004, 04:50 AM
Solid mass?

Even if it is cancer, that doesn't mean she won't be around! There are many many cancer survivors and on this forum you can get to know a lot of them!!!
I also would encourage you to encourage her to make sure an oncologist is present in her surgery. She should insist on it!
She will be in my prayers!
Bless you!
Unread 09-18-2004, 09:07 AM
Solid mass?

I talked to her last night and she said she got the results of the blood test. They told her it was inconclusive. Now that just rattles my brain. Either there were signs of the cancer or there wasnt. Inconclusive? This is going to be a long week waiting for the surgery and the results.

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