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Unread 11-10-2003, 12:27 PM
Please read and help!

Hi ladies,

Well, it's been a while since I've posted following my sister's TAH for Stage II C, ovarian cancer. So much has happened since then, another emergency surgery for my sister for a mass they mistakenly missed on her kidney prior to her TAH (Thank God, it was benign!), and surgery for me that I am still recovering from.

My concern is this:

I just found out last night that my sister detected a lump in her breast just 1 month following her TAH. She immediately pointed it out to her oncologist who sent her to a surgeon. The surgeon felt it was nothing more than due to hormone changes and asked her to come back in 1 month. That was this past Friday and there was no change. He originally said he expected it to shrink within the month. Now, she is back for surgery this morning to have it removed and her 3rd general anesthesia in just a 2 month period, on top of her chemo.

How common is it to have had OC and breast cancer (of course I am PRAYING it will be nothing)....she's just been through sooooo much, as if the OC, TAH and chemo wasn't enough!

Anyone with any words of encouragement or just plain facts would be greatly appreciated ASAP.

Blesssings to all sisters!

PS...I apparently posted this in the wrong forum earlier and in the past few hours I have just learned that the surgeon said that the preliminary biopsy was benign, but that he'd know more in 2 days...WHAT???????? I thought they knew IMMEDIATELY!
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Unread 11-10-2003, 01:17 PM
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The initial biopsy they do is a frozen section on the spot. This is a slice of the biopsied tissue. The reading is a preliminary one. The specimen is then examined thouroughly in the lab and a final report often takes days to a week. An initial biopsy that is negative is good news. I hope the final report is also.

Your sister has been through a lot. She is lucky to have a sister to worry about her and to support her.

's to you & your sister

Ruth S
Unread 11-10-2003, 03:17 PM
Initial Biopsy

I would think if the frozen section were normal the rest will be too. What a time she's had! Now let's hope she gets good news from this biopsy and that all that anesthesia clears out and the chemo does the rest of the trick!
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Unread 11-11-2003, 06:31 AM
Frozen section

I would think if a frozen section was a definitive result, further pathology would not be necessary. I believe you can be quite certain results will be benign, but not absolutely.

You sisters are so lucky to have each other. I have no relatives.

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