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Unread 06-01-2004, 04:55 PM
question about ovarian cancer

Hi Lynn,

The sisters are right---the only definitive way to diagnose cancer is through tissue sample. Your doctor is being conservative in wanting to remove the cysts and that is a good thing.

You should also know that cystadenomas (benign cystic tumors) are very common and are known to grow quickly and can get very large.
I just had one removed and it was also complex.

I know it's hard not to worry, but the odds are with you!

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Unread 06-02-2004, 12:26 AM
question about ovarian cancer


I understand all too well your concern. One concrete suggestion I can make is to ask for a colorflow doppler study to be included in a transvaginal ultrasound. Although like the CA-125, it's not perfect, it can better characterize the type of cyst you have.

Cancerous cysts tend to have much more and very disorganized blood flow. This can be seen by the color depiction of flow with ultrasound. As you already know, CA-125s can be misleading (although they are indicative that something is going on, such as endo or colon cancers). False positives are common, as happened with me.

Endometriomas and dermoid cysts can often be quite complex and septated. As you ovulate, any aberrant endometrial tissue can become entrapped in the "normal" cyst, and grow inside. But typically they don't have blood flow. So there may be a clue there.

You know you have my ers as you face this challenge. I hope that your doctor decides that the laparoscopy is appropriate for you, but if it's not, just remember those rules!

Unread 06-02-2004, 10:13 AM
Question for LynnMaryVL

Why did you have to have a hysterectomy in the first place?
My prayers are with you and the doctors for a quick recovery!

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Unread 06-02-2004, 11:21 AM
question about ovarian cancer

Why did you have to have a hysterectomy in the first place?
My hysterectomy was done after I had already tried endometrial ablation. The main pronlem was from large fibroids which were causing extreme pelvic pain and heavy bleeding.

I have my pre-op appointment later today so I should know more about the ovary surgery then.

Again, thanks for all your replies, words of encouragement, and prayers.

Unread 06-05-2004, 12:34 PM
question about ovarian cancer

I am home from surgery. The surgery went really well - it was done laproscopically. My right ovary was completely embedded in cysts and adhesions – attached to the top of the vaginal cuff. The ovary and mass came out all in one piece. The cysts on the right ovary were complex (solid mass) and large but the primary diagnosis is that they are all benign – the detailed pathology report will be in next week. The left ovary had a few fluid filled cysts which were drained – the left ovary was then wrapped in mesh to keep it from developing any adhesions on it. I was pleased I was able to keep the left ovary. There were also other adhesions attached to my bladder and bowels which were cleaned up.

Thank you for all your support - I was worried about the possibility of ovarian cancer - I am thankful for a favorable outcome.

Many s to all of you!
Unread 06-05-2004, 01:48 PM
question about ovarian cancer

I am thankful for a favorable outcome.
So are we!!! :

Now, even though it was a lap, remember those rules -- and give yourself time and patience to recover! Hope this surgery takes care of your pain -- permanently.

Don't be surprised if your other ovary gives you some hormonal "fits" for a while. It's had a rough week ...

big gentle s

Unread 06-05-2004, 02:58 PM
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Great news!
Take care of you...

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