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Unread 03-01-2005, 12:54 AM
Just Diagnosed

I was diagnosed today. I don't even know what I'm feeling. I feel as if I were talking of someone else. I can't believe I have cancer.
I don't feel like I do......

I had a LAVH on 1/11/05. It seems I had a Granulosa Cell Tumor that had some malignant cells. The doctor wants to take out my remaining ovary, my appendix, omentum, peritinium and multiple biopsies of the lymph nodes. Should I get a second opinion? I feel confident with this doc. He says it's mostly preventive in case some cells embedded during hys. He believes it is in it's very early stages, and is very optimistic. We don't know about chemo yet. Have to wait till everything is looked at.

Any consoling words of wisdom would help at this time. I had my little cry time, but want to stay positive and strong.
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Unread 03-01-2005, 01:04 AM
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Mary

Sorry to hear you have to come to cancer concerns. You sound like you are doing well at staying strong. It is not easy to hear that we have cancer.

You ask about a second opinion. I will tell you as well as others here that if you have cancer, it is important to have a gynecology/oncologist (gyn/onc) do your surgery. I don't know wht kind of doctor you are seeing now. The gyn/oncs are trained in surgery for cancers, know what they are looking for and have lots of experience. Research shows that women who have their surgery done by a gyn/onc have better outcomes.

We are here to support you in this journey you are now on

s and ers
Jane B
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Unread 03-01-2005, 01:21 AM
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Dear Mary
Sorry to hear your bad news. You'll certainly get a lot of support from this site as many of us have also heard the dreaded C word.
Please, please get your operation done by a gynocology/oncologist (gyn/onc) as they are the experts in these matters.
Keep us posted as where you're up to - we'll be waiting.

Glenys
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Unread 03-01-2005, 07:47 AM
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Hi, Mary, and Welcome! I'm sorry to hear of your bad news. I know what a shock this is and can certainly identify with not feeing like you have cancer! (Denial is a wonderful thing till it stops working! lol)

Anyway, just want to add another sister to the list to strongly suggest you get yourself to a gyn oncologist. They've had many more years training and experience in our cancer. I'm sure you'll be doing lots of research on cancer in the near future. Here's something to keep in mind: "Survival" stats for gyn oncologists are notably better than for general surgeons. No matter how early the stage, you want to give yourself the best possible chance for a full recovery and a cancer free future.

Please stay close and let us know how you're doing.

Best of luck to you, Mary.
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Unread 03-01-2005, 08:45 AM
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Hello Mary. My thoughts and prayers are certainly with you right now.

As the other Sisters have mentioned in their posts, seeing a GYN Oncologist is very, very important. Seeking a secon dopinion is a personal decision, but it can perhaps put a sense of ease in your mind.

Please keep us posted on how you're doing and what support we can give you. I wish you well.
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Unread 03-01-2005, 09:48 AM
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Thank you my sisters,

Your response was heartwarming. Right now let's say I'm a little emotional and it helps to talk to someone who knows what I'm feeling. My husband is trying really hard, but I think he's in more denial than I am.

I am seeing a Gyn/Onc at a Women's Cancer Center. I really feel confident with him. He's got over 20 years experience and came highly recommended by my Gyno. Actually she told me if she had to have surgery she would only let this doc and her partner perform it. She studied under him a long time. I guess that makes me feel better.

Thank you all for caring. I'm sure I'll be on this site often. I have so many mixed feelings and emotions right now. I just have to get it all straight in my head.
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Unread 03-01-2005, 03:08 PM
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Hi Mary
So pleased to read that you're already lined up to see a gyn/onc and one that your gyn is so confident with.
Way to go.
Keep us posted
Glenys
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Unread 03-01-2005, 03:48 PM
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Hi Mary,

The diagnosis of cancer was not easy for any of us but somehow we all managed. The initial shock is the hardest and after we stop feeling sorry for ourselves we move on and fight.

I am glad to hear that you are seeing an oncologist/gynecologist. They are the true experts in this field and the only way to go.

Good luck to you and keep us up to date.

Rosalie
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Unread 03-01-2005, 03:51 PM
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Dear Mary,
I'm so glad you found us here at HysterSisters!
I"m sorry that you have received this diagnosis, but thrilled that you are lacing up the boxing gloves and getting ready to fight this cancer! I'm so glad you are seeing a gyn/oncologist, and that you have faith in him. That's VERY important when you are going thru something like this..ya gotta beleive in your medical team!
Give yourself some time to come to grips with this. It's a very difficult, stressful time for you and its completely normal to be feeling a bunch of different things all at once.
s

K9
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Unread 03-01-2005, 04:03 PM
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Mary,

Glad to hear your doctor is a gyn/onc. At this time of things, we all got on the emotional side. The waiting is hard. Once you know what your treatments will be, you can go in there fighting to evict any possible cancer from you.

We are here to answer questions if we can

Jane B
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