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Unread 01-16-2004, 11:09 AM
Borderline tumors

Hi-this is my first posting. When I was pregant, my regular ob-gyn told us that she saw a "small cyst" during my first ultrasound but that it was not a problem. Sent me to another dr. for a level 3 ultrasound at 165 weeks because I was 36 years old. The baby was 'perfect" but they found an ovarian cyst 8 cm x 4 cm. My "regular" ob-gyn had never even noted the cyst she saw in my chart. Luckily, my husband was with me and remembered her commenting on it. Drs (ob and oncology) suggested surgery to remove the cyst....even though the thought it was proabably nothing. There was a danger of it twisting and endangering the pregnancy. Sought a second opinion who was MUCH more insistant on surgery and at 18 weeks, I had surgery to remove the cyst. They removed the omentum, right ovary, fallopian tube and appendix. They also did numerous lymph node testings. Against the odds......it was diagnosed as a borderline tumor. AND they also found a second cyst on the left (remaining) ovary. After constant monitoring (ultrasounds) They safely delivered my daughter at 39 weeks by cesaerian....oncologist present to remove and test the second cyst....which was benign! Lucky me...beautiful little girl....other cyst normal. My daughter is now 15 months old. I go for CA-125 and ultrasounds every 3 months....so far, so good. However, I also developed hyperplasia......on hormones for that. Was informed that a hysterectomy should be done when I am "finished" having children......well.....I think one is it. SO, potentially planning surgery for July.

Never had any symptoms.....never heard of "borderline" ovarian tumors.....thankful for WONDERFUL care (named my daughter after my oncologist......she removed all the "bad stuff" and left my baby whole and healthy!). Sad about no more children......but taking the conservative route!

Just sharing my experience. From the advice I've received, this is something that should be closely monitored.....but additional children are possible.......surgery to remove everything when you are "finished". Hope this is helpful.
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Unread 01-26-2004, 06:44 PM
Oncologist says boderline tumor

On 1/31/03 I had my TAH BSO due to multiple ovarian cysts on both ovaries that were suspicious for cancer. My pre-op CA-125 was 353! After my surgery (which including staging and an appendectomy) I was found to have low malignant potential tumors, or 'borderline' tumors. My gynie/oncologist surgeon described LMP as midway between benign and malignant but assured me that it is NOT cancer. I do have to go every 3 months for blood work, and once a year for a CT scan, since there is a possibility there could be a reoccurance of the LMP or even ovarian cancer. I just had my CT scan this past Saturday and am cautiously optimistic that all is well. All of my CA125s over this past year have been <12!!!
I don't know how your doctor could diagnosis your cysts/problems without any biopsies, but hopefully as you near your 1 month anniversary, all doubt has been removed and you're healing well.
Being a Christian doesn't mean your faith will never waver, but just know that your faith will give you strength. I look back and know I never would have made it through without my faith and the prayers of so many people.

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