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  #1  
Unread 07-05-2003, 08:43 PM
Inner thoughts on ovarian cancer

Ok ladies, just spouting off inner thoughts here but ...

In January I had a TAH/BSO. I had a huge (16cm-6.5in) tumor on my right ovary. My doctors all said they doubted it was cancer because I was in a great deal of pain. The plan was to take the tumor, biopsy it while I was still under and go from there. Anyway the biopsy came back posstive and they took everything (uterus, ovaries, tubes, cervix), they also went all the way up to my lungs taking snippets to biospy just to make sure. Anyway, I woke to the news that I had ovarian cancer and proceeded to wait those long 3 weeks find find out the results of all the biopsys (they all came back negative, the cancer was contained in my tumor and the ovary). The reason for my pain I was told was that the size of the tumor had twisted my right ovary over 3 times. Anyway, I am coming up on 6 months post op here and I have to say the thought that I had cancer is still weighing heavy on me. I have no family pre-disposition for this and Im still floored. I guess I am just afraid now that the cancer could re-occur someplace else. Though we caught it early and Ive been given the "all clear" if it could develop in my ovary for no apparent reason whos to say it couldnt in, say a breast .. or anywhere for that matter. Lets just say Ive been spooked now and Im finding it hard to get that thought out of my head.

Just thinking outloud I suppose, or venting. Thanks for listening ladies!

Oh, BTW .. this site is a God send!
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Unread 07-06-2003, 09:04 PM
Inner thoughts on ovarian cancer

s Palmer

Yes, it is very spooky. And it is a land none of us wanted to live in. But somehow we adapt, and life goes on.
It sounds as though your ovarian cancer was caught at a very early stage.
Good news for you!!!
I hope that you are under the care of a gyn oncologist and getting followup checkups every three months.
You have picked the right place to come and vent.
Some people on this site call what you are describing cancerhead.
Best wishes to you. Keep in touch.

karenann
  #3  
Unread 07-06-2003, 09:30 PM
Same here

Palmer, exactly the same here re thoughts. Last November I was diagnosed with DCIS, a very very very early breast cancer (pre-cancer / stage 0). But it was cancer. I'm finished with all treatments and taking Tamoxifen for five years.

I think it's that before the diagnosis, you just didn't think about getting cancer or any serious illness / condition. It's not that you thought you were invinceable -- you just didn't think about it. Now that you have been "touched" by cancer -- you know it is possible.

Mostly I tell myself that like before -- though I can get cancer or other serious illness (but didn't realize it), it does not mean that I will. Physically I feel as healthy as ever, just have to work on the [cancer]head.

Mary D.
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  #4  
Unread 07-06-2003, 11:17 PM
Inner thoughts on ovarian cancer

Mary,
Cancerhead .. I like that.

its not that I think of it all the time, just every now and then you know the thought creeps into my mind. You are right though, its not that we feel invinceable, just that you think it will never happen to you. Much like that horrid accident or whatever that always seems to happen to "someone else" . I am happy to hear that yours was also caught early and that you are feeling well. I too feel about as healthy as one could and except for still feeling some tenderness in my belly.

Karenann,
seeing a gyn oncologist and getting followup checkups every three months?? aaahhh, nope. I was under the care of a cancer clinic in a nearby city and it was an gyn. oncologist who performed the surgery, but once I got all the biopsy results back those few weeks later, and saw them for my 6 week followup I was basically "discharged" from their care. Now I guess I am just back to my GP for my yearly checkups. I saw my GP a couple months ago or so. He has my entire file from the cancer clinic and of course as the Dr I have been seeing for well over 10yrs knows me and my family quite well. I asked him about followups and such like that and he just said that its more important now to get in for my checkups and of course if anything else should pop up then he would get ahold of the cancer clinic again. I had never thought of that (remaining under the cancer clinics care) since given the "all clear" but now that you mention it, it certainly does make sense.

Thank you so much for listening to my venting ladies. Means the world to me. At first I felt odd mentioning it because its not like Ive had to undergo painful treatments or anything. I just went to sleep and woke up and was told I HAD cancer but they got it early. Guess though if a Dr were to mention that word to you at all that would be the best tihng to hear though .. right.


Shannon
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Unread 07-07-2003, 03:55 AM
I too was touched by cancer

Hey Ladies

I had a tah/bso on 4/3, I had a right ovarian mass, 16 x 15 x 9 cm. My dr didn't think it was cancer but found out at 1 week check up that it was just beginning to turn in to ovarian cancer. Dealing with the thoughts that there was cancer in my body is quite hard, even though I am so thankful that it was caught early and I have not had to have any treatments. I have to go for check ups every 4 months. I still feel uneasy just knowing that cancer was in my body. I am glad I will be checked so often but can't help wondering if they will find something and if so where?
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Unread 07-07-2003, 06:22 PM
Inner thoughts on ovarian cancer

Buffy,
You have been getting checked regularly? Neither one of my doctors (and I have been seeing my fair share of different specialists since Jan) never mentioned once that I should be checked ever few months. Now reading the posts here it sure makes me wonder. I dont want to sound like a paranoid woman or anything so I havnt meantioned any of this to my GP but now I cant help but wonder. How to ask him if I should be checked more often without sounding like Im LOOKING for something .. you know. As everyone has said here ... once youve been spooked you just cant help but be headshy though.
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Unread 07-07-2003, 06:31 PM
Inner thoughts on ovarian cancer

I too have been touched by cancer and both times it has been caught early. Going for very close follow ups regularly both with gyn and urologist. I think it is only natural to wonder if it is gonna pop up somewhere else. But I do feel if I keep close tabs early detection is the key. One day at a time
  #8  
Unread 07-08-2003, 02:35 PM
Inner thoughts on ovarian cancer

Cancerhead.....you gotta love it! I just had part of my colon removed (cancer) in January and August 11th I am having a radical hysterectomy for suspected ovarian cancer......and yes, every now and then the thought of cancer in my body screams at me. But it only lasts a moment now......and it is getting to be less and less of a conscience thought at all. Even the upcoming surgery is not as much a cancer issue as it is a "how bad am I going to hurt" issue ha---! (I can be such a baby). So hang in there and hopefully your cancerhead moments will be less and less too. May God keep you safe and cancer free. Debbie
  #9  
Unread 07-08-2003, 04:12 PM
Inner thoughts on ovarian cancer

I haven't posted for a while, but check in every day. My borderline ovarian malignancy was also found early. My gyn/onc at one of Boston's major teaching hospitals feels comfortable with once every 6 months check-ups. Other than that I'm pretty much free. It's great, but even with that great news "cancer head" creeps in. I think once it's been there it's hard to completely relax.
I have the greatest respect for all of you and the emotional support and factual help you offer.
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Unread 07-11-2003, 10:42 PM
ovarian cancer

palmer,
I too, had ovarian cancer in the early stages and it was caught through the hysterectomy. No one in my family had ovarian cancer and I was surprised. Now, just like you when I feel a different sort of pain or something, I think the cancer is back. I just went to my doctor for my post 6 month checkup and he found a cervical polyp, well you guessed it, scared again. The polyp was benign, thank God, but that didn't stop me from worrying. I guess we have to just keep going for our checkups and getting the ca125 blood tests. I just keep praying that my cancer doesn't come back.
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