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  #11  
Unread 06-02-2004, 05:54 PM
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Thanks for your insight. I was hoping for some replies when I returned home today. I also talked to a friend of my mine who had hysterectomy w/just Uterus removed and then had to go back 4 yrs. later to have overies removed.
It's great to know people who have gone through this and survived with no regrets.

I would love to hear about any other experiences as well.

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Henry Kissinger (1923 - ) My feelings exactly.

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Unread 06-02-2004, 06:16 PM
Endometrial Hyperplasia

Hi Red Head,

I was diagnosed w/endometrial cancer at age 40, so I would say it can be assumed that I had hyperplasia at an earlier age.
I didn't fit the typical profile other than not having had children.
My doctor believes that it was due to being anovulatory which causes unopposed estrogen, however, she admits that all is not known. I am more aware of things now, and I know that I have seen probable proof that I do ovulate at least occassionally.

Personally, I think that the problems are at least partially to blame on environment.. such as xenoestrogens found in pesticides, plastics,etc. I'm afraid that we do not live in our great-grandmother's world. Also, I believe that diet really does play an important part in this.. some foods do cause a rise in estrogenic levels.. such as caffeinated drinks and alcohol beverages. I was a terrible coffee addict. I believe that when a woman begins to have problems related to estrogen excess that they should truly consider making changes in their diets and health habits.

Spsd, if I make it to your age, I may wonder the same thing myself. (I'm 42) Notice that I was actually diagnosed w/cancer and still chose not to have surgery.. and I still think that doctors aren't giving Megace the complete credit that it deserves for treating such matters. I believe Megace to be a good drug for many to catch not only the low grade cancer/pre-cancer cells w/in the uterus, but also errant cells that may have escaped the uterus.

If anything, I hope that thru time, I help people see that even dreaded cancer, if caught early, can be sometimes treated successfully w/o surgery.
However, I also know that progestins don't work for everyone.. and I've heard that the odds of their effectiveness lessen w/age.
Also, if all progestins are stopped, there is a fair chance that problems will return. (that's why I have a hormonal iud)

I imagine that you get considerable opposition in your choice of treatment. It really is true that women can have complications.. I have a coworker now who is frustrated because she feels that her doctor wasn't the greatest surgeon and that caused her a fistula and she feels that she has no legal recourse. People who care deeply for you will likely urge you to have surgery.
I wish you the best and imagine that you are taking a reasonable course of action. I haven't read very much about the statistics in these matters w/older women, but I would like to see that information someday and would be interested in your longterm progress.

Good luck. : )
Pat
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