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Ovarian Cancer after Hysterectomy? Ovarian Cancer after Hysterectomy?

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Unread 01-29-2004, 10:30 AM
Ovarian Cancer after Hysterectomy?

I am new here. I had a hysterectomy about 5 years ago when I was 40 years old. Yesterday a friend of mine called after she had been to the gyn doctor. She has also had a hyserectomy years ago. She told me that even after a hysterectomy you can still get ovarian cancer...even if your ovaries are removed. Has anyone else ever heard of this. I would really appreciate any information available...

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Unread 01-29-2004, 11:00 AM
Ovarian Cancer after Hysterectomy?

Hi, Karen! Welcome to Hystersisters!

Yes, it's true. Generally, in this situation, it is referred to as primary peritoneal cancer. The way I have heard it explained (so anyone can correct me if I'm wrong), is that while we are still in the womb, our ovaries need to migrate during our development. They start out higher up in our trunk, and gradually move down into their final position, low in the pelvis. During this migration, some of the cells slough off and are left within the peritoneum (abdominal cavity). These cells can become cancerous and thus it is related to ovarian cancer.

Now there is also the possibility that bits of the ovaries (or even just isolated cells) are left behind when they are removed, and those can also become cancerous. So, if you have your ovaries removed to prevent ovarian cancer, well, what you've really done is lessen your chances significantly, but there is still a rare chance that you could develop it.

I hope this helps a little. Feel free to do a search on peritoneal cancer, which would probably bring up a few threads for you to read.

Unread 01-29-2004, 11:11 AM
Ovarian Cancer after Hysterectomy?

Thank you so much for the information. I will be sure to continue to see my gynecologist.

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