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Unread 12-29-2000, 07:31 PM
Endometrial CA Follow-up: Should I Fire My Doctor?

Linda,
You were asking how the doctors examine your lymph nodes, all I know is that my oncologist says for me to report any unusual pain in my abdominal area to him. Also, I am supposed to get a yearly cat scan. That is how they can see if they are enlarged. I bought a human anatomy book after my surgery. I feel that I don't know enough about my own anatomy. I didn't even know where my lymph nodes were. It helped me to see where they are located. They are attached to lymph vessels. They are concentrated on the sides of our neck, under our arms, down our backbone in a line that splits under our stomach and looks like it encircled our uterus then are concentrated in the groin area in our upper thighs. I think the abdominal area is the key area for us to concentrate on in watching for pain. My doctor says that if this recurs that it is slow growing and can be taken care of. I guess that we will question any gas pains, etc... from now on! If you are like me, I question every pain I feel now. I was disturbed because I was due for my 2nd 3 month visit, and my appointment was cancelled and rescheduled for Jan 10. I go myself all prepared for the visit, and have to wait again! I am just enjoying the holidays. Maybe after a hysterectomy and oopherectomy we have scar tissue left in there, a question I plan to ask on my next visit. I started doing abdominal exercises and was feeling some pain. My abdominal muscles are so weak. I guess I just have to take it easy on the crunches. I hope your pains go away. Take care.
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Unread 12-29-2000, 11:22 PM
LMP definition

LMP is short for Low Malignant Potential. My ovaries both had tumors on them when removed during my hysterectomy. The doctor also did an omentectomy because he said "if they are cancer, this would be the next place it would go." Well, the first doctor said it was Stage Ic ovarian cancer. The gyn oncologist had the slides re-checked at the cancer center and they said it was borderline. Then they were sent to Stanford University -- diagnosis was Mullerian mucinous tumor of low malignant potential" for both ovaries.
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Unread 01-08-2001, 07:02 AM
Endometrial CA Follow-up: Should I Fire My Doctor?

Terry, I am not sure what stage of endometrial cancer I have/had. My tumor was a grade 1 luckily, but had spread to just over 1/2 into myometrium. Less than 1/2 is considered stage 1B, over 1/2 is stage 1C. When I go to my oncologist he does a pap test, manually checks the lymph nodes in my neck, under my arms, and listens to lungs. I see him again in March and will ask his opinion on CT and blood test you mentioned. He has said there is a good chance the cancer will not return but of course can't say definitely, has said he can't see if every cancer cell is out of my body. A nurse who use to work for my gyno says I had cancer, that it is out, and that is what I want to believe. I still have a little numbness near my groin on my left thigh which is from having lymph nodes removed. Like you, Lynn, I had to look up lumph node info before my surgery. I also have a hernia now--has anyone developed one of those after their surgery? I was told that can happen. I asked my doctor what symptoms to look for "in case" and he said any bleeding. I get the pains where ovaries probaby were, or where ligaments may have been cut, and assume it is scar tissue, or still healing after 6 months--I read it can take up to a year. I asked if I should worry about every ache and pain now and was told no. I hope you all had happy holidays. I was exhausted, figure it was from doing so much extra besides my day job. May the New Year bring health and happiness to you all.
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