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Unread 04-20-2004, 04:21 PM
TAH Surgery is tomorrow (Wed) I am panicking

hello again,

ok,,, 135 is above average. An average ca125 number is 35 and under. Mine was 454 right after my surgey but before chemo. After my first chemo it went down to 43 and continually went down.

I think that a preliminary path report is very important. It is a frozen section done while you are still out. If it comes back positive then an oncologist/gynocolgist goes to work checking all the nooks and crannies inside of us getting rid of all that is visible and what he deems to be a potential hazard. Unfortunately a general surgeon is not adapt at this process from what I have been told.

My family doctor told me this right from the start...."Rosalie, any surgeon or gynocologist can perform a hysterectomy BUT if there is any inking that cancer may be present, you want the specialist to do the surgery, and that specialist is an oncologist/ gynocolgist.

I really am sorry that these specialists are not more available to you in England.

Be Well.
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Unread 04-21-2004, 12:44 AM

I have just read your post and i am a fellow Brit. Teresa i hope you read this before your operation but you must be firm and insist that a gyn/onc does your operation. You are well within your rights and believe me i have been down the same road and i know all the legalities about this. I too went privately but to be honest you would be better (i realise its too late now) on the NHS. The Cancer charter of the NHS states that if cancer is suspected an oncologist must perform whatever procedures are necessary. If this is not done the hospital would be in serious trouble. Unfortunately going privately it is a fairly different story as the specialists go by their own set of rules, The two private hospitals in my area (surrey/hampshire) have now changed their procedures and any woman with suspected gyne cancer will be seen immediately by a gyn/onc. I have to say im quite proud to have been a part of this change. What hospital are you going to?
I do hope that they find the source of your pain and if, and i hope this is not the case, they do find any gyne cancer you must insist on being referred to a gyn/onc. There are plenty around.

Take care
Unread 04-21-2004, 02:27 PM
TAH Surgery is tomorrow (Wed) I am panicking

Hi Sheila,

Oh how I too hope that Teresa read your post before her surgery.

We can only hope now that all went well and that everything was ok.

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Unread 04-27-2004, 04:12 AM

Hi Sheila and Rosalie,

I was happy to speak with you Sheila before the operation. On Wednesday I had a TAH and an Omentectomy. I am pretty bruised and bloated. Is this common? Has anyone else out there had the Omentum removed? I only remember learning about it in nursing school.
The surgeon said everything looked normal except my left ovary which was lumpy and the size of a plumb. I had adhesions and fibroids inside as well as outside the uterus. I won't find out the biopsy results for another week to ten days. I just want to know now! Sheila, Do you think I would have the biopsy results during surgery if I had the surgery at a large hospital?

Unread 04-27-2004, 06:08 AM
TAH Surgery is tomorrow (Wed) I am panicking

Glad everything went well. I have sent you a private message.
Unread 04-27-2004, 07:12 AM
now a princess

I believe, and I can't speak for certain about your hospital, that it is pretty standard procedure that during surgery everything is sent to the pathologist for a look and analysis. It is a preliminary report that will indicate that there is evidence or not of cancer. It's a general understanding that a pelvic wash will also be done and that too will be sent. At the time of surgery, what's removed will be sent after the prelimanary pathology to another lab for more extensive evaluation. As long as the specimens have been retained, you can request that pieces of those be sent to another facility for second opinions/evaluations. The results of the final pathology reports should be available in 7-10 days normally. If you are not satisfied that these have had proper review and you aren't sure if the recommendations made are enough to make you comfortable, by all means get them sent to a major cancer institute for more review.

Here's hoping you'll have nothing to worry about and that there was no evidence. Please take care of your recovery. That is the most important thing to do right now.
Unread 04-27-2004, 03:04 PM
TAH Surgery is tomorrow (Wed) I am panicking

Hello Teresa,

I am soo glad that it is all over and that all went well. Bet you are too.

I do think that some bloating after the surgery is normal. I personally did not have any because my docotors put a big velcro band around me right after surgery and I had to keep it on until after my stitches came out. This really did alleviate the bloating and stomach soreness when healing.

As for the pathology results. I agree that about a week is normal for the results. However, are you sure that they did not do a frozen section during the actual surgery? That is what they do here.

Keep in touch and relax. You deserve a well needed rest.

Unread 04-28-2004, 08:31 AM


I think I deleted your private message. Can you please resend it?


Unread 04-28-2004, 08:48 AM
TAH Surgery is tomorrow (Wed) I am panicking

Did you get it? From my records i have sent you three which you havent opened! Must be the anaesthetic!!

Unread 04-28-2004, 12:43 PM


Thank you for your good wishes for me and for sharing that information about standard procedure and what I can expect.

Thank you,

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