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Unread 06-26-2004, 07:14 AM
GenSurgeon or GYN/Onc for surger on Monday

Hello again sisters

I've got a couple of previous posts on my condition. Here is my situation, and I hope you can give me some feedback.

Just diagnosed yesterday (Friday) with a softball size tumor on my right ovary. Doctors strongly suspect cancer of course.

My main concern is getting this thing out ASAP. I live in West Central Indiana and there are no GYN/ONC in this area. Closest would be Indianapolis.

Obviously this diagnosis came as a shock and late in the day on Friday. My GYN here called late last night Friday, with a surgery date of Monday at 3:00 with a general surgeon here locally.

Question ????????

If it was you, would you start the process over and delay getting this thing out, by going to Indianapolis to a GYN/ONC or is the risk of letting this thing grow a while longer not worth it. I trust my GYN that did my hyst, but of course, no nothing about the general surgeon...

Please give me your opinions....i would really appreciate it.....i don't have much time to back out of the surgery on Monday. I already made up my mind that I would seek treatment with the women's hospital in Indy with a GYN/ONC, but need help with the surgery for Monday.

I am so CLUELESS on how this works....
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Unread 06-26-2004, 07:20 AM
GenSurgeon or GYN/Onc for surger on Monday

If cancer is suspected, you owe it to yourself to get the best possible care. I would see a gyn/onc. Long-term survival rates for women with ovarian cancer who had their surgeries done by a board-certified gyn/onc are remarkably higher. They are the experts when it comes to female cancers. If it's not cancer, then delaying surgery has cost you nothing. If it turns out to be cancer, a few day's wait probably won't make a lot of difference. Without a gyn/onc you could end up with additional surgeries or tests or treatments (and certainly big concerns) if the surgery is not done by the most skilled physician you can find.

I am also a Hoosier--I live right in Indianapolis, but my husband is from near Terre Haute.

Good luck! I hope all goes well, and that your decision-making is easy for you. I certainly will be praying that all comes out to be non-cancerous!

's and 'ers
Unread 06-26-2004, 07:27 AM
GenSurgeon or GYN/Onc for surger on Monday

Hi Jeanine

I just sent you a PM.....hope you can help me with some ?'s

Thanks again
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Unread 06-26-2004, 08:40 AM
GenSurgeon or GYN/Onc for surger on Monday

Lori, I can sure understand your desire to get that tumor out ASAP, because when mine was discovered I was in such a hurry to have it out I was tempted to ask my vet, but I strongly second everything Jeanine said about having your surgery done by a gyn/pnc. My gyn woudn't even let me consider having a general surgeon and though it cause a wait of two months to have gyn/onc surgeon it was worth it. In my case the reason for the wait was because of problems with insurance authorization, not the availability of Drs. I had to travel an hour and a half to see this Dr at a university hospital, but would have travelled much furthur. I believe the reason my outcome has been so good is largley do to his expertise and
Unread 06-26-2004, 10:11 AM
Go for the Gyn/Onc

Explain you want to get in soon and explain what your general surgeon wants to do.

I didn't have a gyn/onc--wasn't referred to one even though they exist in the overall practice and didn't know of them--and I am very regretful about that.

I now recommend a gyn/onc to everyone who might have cancer.
Unread 06-26-2004, 10:14 AM
GenSurgeon or GYN/Onc for surger on Monday

Hi, Basketnut,

I reiterate everything Jeanine and Shepherdpal have said before me. I believe I owe my life and good health today to the excellent treatment I received from my highly-experienced, highly-regarded, board certified gynecologic oncologist. My surgery for endometrial cancer turned out to be much more extensive than anticipated beforehand. Although I needed more extensive surgery because of the extent of my cancer, I had very few post-surgical complications. In fact, I often feel guilty when I run into women who had a hysterectomy for non-cancer reasons, and who have serious long-term post-surgical complications or an otherwise unsatisfactory surgical outcome.

Here's the website for the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. It allows you to put in your zip code and find gyn-oncs within whatever mile radius of your home you choose. This will allow you to find the closest gyn-oncs.

You can also go to and check out the doctor's credentials and experience (under "Doctor Finder").

You should also know that the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently issued a formal opinion that women with known or suspected ovarian cancer should be referred to gynecologic oncologists for treatment because of a recent study showing a better outcome when treatment was rendered by a gyn-onc.

Good luck.

Unread 06-26-2004, 01:16 PM
GenSurgeon or GYN/Onc for surger on Monday

s Lori

Please, please, please. Put the brakes on Mondays surgury immediately!!! Your life could literally depend upon it!!
I am very serious.
Whenever ovarian cancer is remotely suspected, a gyn oncology surgeon is a must! If ovarian cancer is found, a gyn oncology surgeon will proceed with what is called: debulking.
Ob/gyns are not trained for this special surgury.
In your case your gyn will have a general surgeon assist him if your colon or small intestines are involved.
I have attended too many conferences where survival stats were shown of women who had surgery by their gyns alone, gyns with general surgeons, and a gyn onc surgeon alone. Need I say who had the very best survival rates????
I just cannot stress the importance of this enough to you!!
Please heed my advice.
Be in touch.

Unread 06-26-2004, 03:30 PM
GenSurgeon or GYN/Onc for surger on Monday

Thanks so much for the words of advice Karenann.

I am really leaning towards waiting on a GYN/ONC. I have my GYN here paged to talk about it.

How are you doing? How was your treatment? The treatment scares me so much.......please let me know how your surgery and treatment went.

THIS IS THE SLOWEST WEEKEND OF MY LIFE !!!!!!!! Every minute seems to drag by !!!
Unread 06-26-2004, 04:19 PM
GenSurgeon or GYN/Onc for surger on Monday

s Lori

Don't let your gyn talk you into having the surgery with him, along with a general surgeon. I am sooooo serious about this.
A little over three years ago I was sitting in the same boat.
My gyn had me choose what general surgeon I would want to step in and help if ovarian cancer was found. I was kinda shell shocked and numb at the time, so I chose a general surgeon and I was on the OR schedule of my small community hospital.
My three sisters butted in!! Big time!! They informed my that if I was having surgery for a potential cancer, I HAD to see a specialist. So I did!! And it was this gyn onc that spend six hours doing the proper surgery on me.
My surgery was in May 2001, I finished chemo in Oct 2001 and as of today, I show no signs of ovarian cancer.
I sincerely hope your mass is benign. But like I said, whenever ovarian cancer is remotely suspected, you need to consult with a gyn oncologist.

Unread 06-26-2004, 04:27 PM
GenSurgeon or GYN/Onc for surger on Monday

You need a gynecologist/oncologist. One must be there in surgery for you. They are truly the experts in this area.

I am re-locating back to my country - Canada - next month, and the prime factor for the location that I am going to is whether or not a gyn/onc was in that particular area. As it is, there is - in fact, one who went to med. school with my gyn/onc here. It's as simple as that.

How I view it is this way: I was given the great gift of time, because I had the most tremendous/highly regarded gyn/onc.


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