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Unread 07-18-2004, 01:50 PM
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Have any of you ladies been diagnosed with cervical cancer stage 1b2 and left your ovaries? And if so have you had a problem with reacurring cyst? I was diagnosed with cervical cancer squamous cell in November of 2002 i received a radical hysterectomy with lymph node removal. Since the surgery which was performed by a gyn oncologist i have been very ill. Before surgery i never had a problem with cyst but since, i get them all the time with lots of pain. I also have a cystic mass in the right ovary discovered about two months after surgery, my gyn/onc told be not to be concerned that women my age get them all the time. O.K that might be true however shouldnt the doctor be a little more concerned since i had cancer? So for the past year and a half i been to several different doctors looking for answers all the while getting transvaginal ultrasounds that state the same thing 2 cm mass within right ovary with pelvic free fluid and fluid in the culdasac also right inguinal node 1 cm plus. Finally i find a doctor that listens and performs a transvag in the office and see's with his own eyes that something is not right says to me yes the ovary needs to come out, i was so excited, surgery date was set for june 21st, went in for my pre-op appointment on the 17th and the doctor tells me after reading my surgical report that he decided he did not want to do the surgery and proceeded to tell me that there was nothing else he could do for me. Why? Why would a doctor see that there is something wrong and not do anything? By this time i have all the symptoms to ova cancer my stomach looks 5mths pregnant, bowel problems, digestive problems, thick white discharge, severe pelvic and abdominal pain. Ironically the gyn/oncology office that performed the initial surgery calls the day after the news from the other doctor and says i need to see the oncologist that performed the cancer surgery. Went to him on the 12th of July he checks me and bam my right ovary is cleary larger that the left and very tender, so my question is can you have a cyst for a whole year and a half and it never go away? Could I have Ovarian cancer after having cervical cancer? Or could my original cancer have spread to my ovary since i did not have chemo or radiation? Are there any other woman who have gone thru this senerio?
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Unread 07-18-2004, 03:54 PM
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It is possible to have ovarian cancer after cervical cancer and it is possible for a cust to not go away. The symptoms you are describing could be due to cancer, infection or many other things.
Hopefully you do not have cancer but you need to get to a good gyn/onc who can run the necessary tests, is willing to do any needed surgery and will answer your questions. Did the Dr say why he changed his mind about sirgery? when you returned to the Dr who did the original surgery what did he say?
I noticed you are in Sacramento. I was treated at the cancer clinic at UC Davis and highly recommend the team of Dr's there if the ones you are currently seeing are not helping you.
Unread 07-18-2004, 04:38 PM
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Hi Shepherdpal the answers to your questions are, the doctor that did not want to do the surgery said that after reading my surgical report and the fact that the cystic mass needs to be about 8cm he did not want to do the surgery but he did tell me maybe i needed to go back to the doctor that did the initial surgery. When i went back to the initial doctor who i should say is a U C Davis doctor already that works out of the Sutter Cancer Treatment Center once a month he checked me and said that were my cervix used to be is healthy but upon the examination of my ovaries he could feel a mass on the right side with ovary enlargement, he looked very concerned his first words were it needs to come out. He also ordered another transvag on the 28th to see if it has increased in size. He also mentioned exploratory lap and removal of both ovaries to see where all my pain is coming from, its funny that in the beginning meaning after surgery when i first started complaining of all this pain and bloating he sent me to about 4 different specialist a gastroenterolgist that performed a colonoscopy. a neurologist for my lower back pain, a lymphodemia specialist for swelling legs, well the gastro doctor told me that my pain that i am having is associated with my surgery and when i mentioned that to the oncologist he blew a fuse, and told me that i have been to to many doctors, isnt that funny he's the one that referred me to them. I just hope it is not cancer but my gut feeling tells me it is, i never even recouped from the initial surgery just constant pain and sickness for the past year and a half and as far as going for another opinion i have i have had several and as soon as they read my charts they send me right back to the original doctor.
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Unread 07-18-2004, 04:41 PM
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s lyndel

I actually remember you quite well from your earlier postings and I am sorry you are still chasing this same problem.
But at least you are back in the hands of a gyn oncologist. That is who you need to see whenever the possibility of ovarian cancer does exists.
What did the gyn oncologist have to say about everything?
Is a surgery planned to biopsy the mass?
Best wishes.


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