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Probably ovarian cancer? Probably ovarian cancer?

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Unread 12-08-2003, 11:41 PM
Probably ovarian cancer?

Hello ladies,
This is my first post here.
My recent CT scan showed a 9.5 left ovarian septated cyst and a 7.5 right simple cyst. The ultrasound today showed calcifications around a mass within the left cyst. The tech said this was nearly always a sign of malignancy. I'm waiting a consult with the gyn-oncologist but would like to know if anyone else has had a similar diagnosis and what their outcome was?
Thank you for any help you can give ...
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Unread 12-09-2003, 12:20 PM
Probably ovarian cancer?


What prompted the CAT? Were you having symptoms? There are plently of women who have had cysts that were septated or with solid material that turned out not to have cancer.

Has your doc drawn blood for a CA-125? It is a marker for ovarian cancer, although it can be elevated with other conditions, including endometriosis (which can also cause solid cysts) Again that test is not perfect, but in combination with your scans it can be useful to your doc.

I'm glad to see you've already been referred to a gyn onc! When is your appointment?

Unread 12-09-2003, 12:50 PM
Probably ovarian cancer?

s Judy

I was diagnosed with stage IIIc ovarian cancer in May 2001 at the age 49. Quite a shocker for me and my family. I was the first with cancer in my large extended family. I had debulking surgery and six rounds of taxol and carboplatin chemotherapy. And I have been in remission since October 2001. There are a few ladies who post on Cancer Concerns with ovarian cancer.

Like Dorrie said, hopefully your masses will be benign. But I am glad you are seeing a gyn/onc. Unfortunately it requires surgery to know for certain.

Let us know how it all turns out.

If you should need us, we are here with words of hope and encouragement.

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Unread 12-09-2003, 01:12 PM
Probably ovarian cancer?

I had a 7 X 8 cm septated cyst on an ovary that was suspected ovarian cancer as well. My CA125 was at 150. I was referred to a gyn/onc who specializes in ovarian cancer. After he saw me he felt that the cyst was not cancer. Turns out he was correct. It was endometriosis. Unfortunately I did have endometrial cancer. I guess I just wanted to pass on my story so you know that septated cysts aren't necessarily cancer. Hopefully that will be your story.
Unread 12-09-2003, 03:49 PM
Probably ovarian cancer?

Hi Judy...

I kinda echo karenann only I am almost a year after her.
Listen to her advice.

Unread 12-09-2003, 05:14 PM
Hi Judy

Another ovarian cancer survivor here. I hope this is benign. The gyn/onc is the best and he'/she will know exactly what to do. Keep posting and updating us.
Unread 12-09-2003, 07:44 PM
Thank you ...

Hi to all those ladies who replied!
I'm still not sure how to individually reply to you all so thought I'd post an update here.
My CA125 result came in at 32 today, which is good but I understand this test can show false negatives occasionally. I have an appointment with the gyn-onc. tomorrow so keep your fingers crossed ...
I am so thankful for your support; this is a wonderful medium.
Watch this space, I'll keep you all posted!
Hugs ...
Unread 12-10-2003, 11:05 AM
Probably ovarian cancer?

Did they do a Doppler ultrasound on you?

I had "complex" cysts and the docs were saying cancer, cancer, cancer. They did the Doppler which showed blood flow NOT characteristic of malignancy. Turns out I had one MOTHER of a case of endometriosis.

But I didn't have any calcification.

Good luck to you ... I will be thinking about you.
Unread 12-10-2003, 06:00 PM
Probably ovarian cancer?

I had a very large mass on my left ovary and a small one on my right. Dr. didn't think is was cancer. He said it was borderline. My CA125 was 36.9. Which really isn't a red flag.
I had a TAH/USO. Dr. sent out masses to be checked. Came back cancer in the large one. The small one was just a cyst.
When my Dr. was telling me this he said he wished he'd known and he would have had a gyn onc assist him. So if you have surgery be thankful that they are both there.
I had my first visit with my gyn onc today. I have 3 options: Do nothing and wait and see what happens. (I still have one ovary in there) No2- start chemo(6 doses) roughly 1 a month. No3-Have another surgery so he can get what he would have gotten had he been there the first time and the chemo. We're going with 2. And this summer I'll have another visit to the castle to have a laprosco(whatever) I hope that's not as painful as a TAH.I am grateful that my incision is doing fine and it doesn't hurt anymore.BTW I'm OVCA1a stage 2.
You survivors are a real inspiration to me. Thank you.
Unread 12-10-2003, 07:55 PM
to LolaJene

Your cancer is a stage 1a or a stage 2?

Either stage is good for ovarian. It is rarely caught so early. The plan sounds like a good one. It seems that 6 chemo, one every three weeks, is fairly standard for ovarian. I was at a support meeting tonight with two women who had stage 2 ovarian and after surgery that's the protocol they both had. They go to two different doctors in 2 different states. Both are doing fine.


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