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Unread 08-04-2004, 10:35 AM
Mother's Hyster History

My mother died at the age of 60 from colon cancer and her older sister also died of colon cancer. BTW, my mom had melanoma 10 years before colon cancer.

I've always known that my mother had a hyster very early in life; after my birth in 1954, but I never knew the reason. I talked to my aunt last week (mom's youngest sister), who told me that my mom had a partial hyster and then dr went back and did complete. It sounds as if something went wrong with her ovaries and they had to be removed! My aunt says in those days, they just called it "female problems." She never heard the word 'cancer' used.

I have already been having symptoms of ovarian cancer and this gives me more reason to worry about ovarian cancer! I haven't had the opportunity to tell my gyn about this discovery, but I will definitely do that.
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Unread 08-04-2004, 11:08 AM
Mother's Hyster History


Hello and welcome to Hystersisters!!

Patty, if you feel you already have some symptoms of ovarian cancer, PLEASE make an appointment with your dr. asap. As you probably know, ovarian cancer symptoms usually present themselves at a later stage of the disease.

I only had symptoms for 1 - 2 weeks, and mine was staged as IIIC. So, please make that Dr.'s appt. asap, and tell him about your mother's history. There is some genetic testing which the females in my family may go thru, which might be some help to you too. Please ask your dr.

Please keep us posted. And remember, that if cancer is even remotely suspected, you need to consult with a gyn/onc.
Unread 08-04-2004, 11:14 AM
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Hi Patty!

Important information for your gyn. My grandmother died of a "female" cancer in 1950 at the age of 48 (my age now) and unfortunately we do not know what kind. Just like you have stated it was lumped into one overall condition. This information was crucial for my gyn and also the reason why I have stayed on top of my getting the help that I needed. It was in part a major contributing factor for my gyn making the decision in my having a TAH BSO.



TAH BSO 06/23/04 Stage11a, grade 1 Uterine endocervical tumor.
Going back for 2nd surgery for lymph node removal in the next two weeks.
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Unread 08-04-2004, 02:17 PM

Do be sure to mention this to your doctor. Back in those days the "c" word was never discussed. Would the hospital where she had the surgery still have her records that could be released to you? That might be helpful. Wishing you the best.
Unread 08-05-2004, 08:40 AM
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Hi Patty, Welcome to Hystersisters and so glad you found us. There are so many women here who will share their experiences and it looks like you already have received some good advice.
I hope you have made that doctor's appointment already. If there is any possiblity you have ovarian cancer, I also want to strongly encourage you to consider seeing a gyn/oncologist who are the experts in female cancers. Let us know how you are doing.
s, peggiesue
Unread 08-05-2004, 08:52 AM
Mother's Hyster History

Thanks ladies, I'm really not new; I have posted before. My surgery date is 8/17 and no cancer has been detected by any of the tests that the drs have performed. I seem to be more worried than they are.

I did call my drs office yesterday and talked to the nurse pract and explained my mom's history to her. They seem to think that there's nothing else that is needed prior to the surgery. And, maybe I am worrying a bit too much. They probably think I'm a hypochrondriac!

I only have a few more days. I'm going to try to stop worrying about the cancer issue and prepare myself for the surgery on the 17th. Thank you all for your input.
Unread 08-05-2004, 11:03 AM
Mother's Hyster History

s Patty

Kudos to you for being so proactive in your own health.
There is a triangular connection between ovarian, colon, and breast cancer. A family history of one, or even a self history of one, puts one at higher risk for one of the other two. So consider your doctor on the alert.
My bet is you are just fine. I think the word cancer runs through everyones mind whenver they are facing surgery.
Best wishes.

Unread 08-05-2004, 02:39 PM
Mother's Hyster History

Hi Patty,

Congratulations to you for being your own best doctor.

The first time I spoke to my oncologist she asked me lots of family questions. My husband and mom both went with me for that visit and there were some questions that my mom did not even know the answer to concerning how some older family members died.

You are right. Back then they called it femal problems and many times ovarian cancer was overlooked and taken for a stomach cancer instead.

Let us know how you make out.


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