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Unread 04-06-2004, 08:36 PM
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I will be having a hyst this Thursday, due to a mass on my ovary and the fact that I've already had breast cancer and that my mom died of ovarian cancer. The mass is 11 cm and I've heard that big ones like that usually aren't cancer, does anyone know? I'm just thinking if I have a malignancy this size, I might be toast!
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Unread 04-06-2004, 09:51 PM
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I'm a 6 1/2 year, stage IIIb breast cancer survivor who was on tamoxifen for 5 years. In January of 2003 I had a hysterectomy for a large, 12 cm, ovarian tumor.

It turned out to be a benign ovarian fibroma. So just because you've had cancer before, doesn't mean that this tumor will be cancer too. I wish you the best of luck.

Unread 04-07-2004, 06:18 AM

Thanks Roze, you just don't know how better that makes me feel!
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Unread 04-07-2004, 06:40 AM
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I read your post mainly because of the reference to quilts in it. I am a quiltaholic. I am addicted and must quilt every day.

I have often heard that ovarian and uterine growths are most often non-cancerous (benign). Further, that the majority of the female population has fibroids and cysts, but that they don't ever know about it because they never have a reason to find them. Most of these growths are found by incidental ultrasound exam for another symptom. One doctor told me they are like freckles or moles: if you have one, you most certainly will have many more. Also, she said that a woman does not have "one fibroid". She will have many, of varying sizes and locations. Not just uterine, but elsewhere.

In a cancer-screening topic, I have always had my pap tests done double. I started doing this after my mother had one come back positive years ago. She had the sense to say, whoa, wait a minute here. Do another pap before we jump into surgery, because she could not afford the surgery. She has had negative paps ever since, and ended up having a hysterectomy in her 60's with a bladder suspension, after having a ruptured appendix the year before.

Just wanted to let you know what I have heard.

Fellow quilter, Sheanie
Unread 04-07-2004, 12:32 PM
ovarian mass

Two weeks ago I had a 17CM mass removed. I had a 10CM removed in October. Both were benign. I did have a TAH this time. I was freaking out beforehand and made sure that a gyn/onc did the surgery. It was a great choice as they did all biopsies while I was under anesthesia and he knew what to look for. Large or small they don't know until they go in. Good luck!!!!! My prayers are with you.

Unread 04-07-2004, 01:57 PM
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s Diane

Some of the largest ovarian masses are found to be benign. And even huge ovarian masses that are cancerous can still be an early stage!
You really can gauge nothing from the size. Good or bad.
And if by chance it is cancerous, you are NOT toast. My own masses were quite large. And I'm not toasted yet.
Best wishes.

Unread 04-07-2004, 07:47 PM

Thanks to all of you, you've made me feel a WHOLE lot better!!!! My surgery is in the morning, and it is a gyn performing it, but they'll have an oncology gyn there as well, just in case. Trying hard not to freak out, I'll let everyone know how it goes when I get home! Thanks for your prayers, they're very appreciated!
PS oh yes, I quilt! and crochet, knit, cross stitch and still manage to find time to work! lol
Hugs to all
Unread 04-07-2004, 11:50 PM
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Diane - I will be thinking of you and hoping all goes well.
I am also a quilter and us sewing gals have to stick together. Will be waiting to hear your results when you get back from the hospital.

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