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Unread 10-03-2007, 06:09 AM
Complex Cyst

Hi.
I had a TAH due to Placenta Percreta on June 28, 2006. I kept ovaries. I have been having a lot of incisional pain (most likely adhesions) and a lot of pain in my ovaries. Dr. ordered an u/s which showed I had a 5.47 cm complex cyst on my left ovary.
I just got this information yesterday. Like he said, he can't rule out cancer, but he doesn't know for sure. Can anyone give me any information? What should I be asking the Dr? What should our plan be to find out if it is cancer or not? The wait and see approach is tough, but is that all we should be doing? We are at a military hospital and sometimes I feel like their approach is very different than a civilian doctor.
Thanks for your help!
Jessica
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Unread 10-03-2007, 02:45 PM
Complex Cyst

hi red...in my case, i had the ultrasound and transvaginal ultrasound first, which detected a mass on my right ovary. my dr. then ordered a c.t. scan which confirmed the detection of a mass, calling it a solid structure. i had a ca125 test done, but i don't know if it was done before or after my surgery...it was slightly elevated (40.7; normal 35 and under). in my case i had post-menopausal spotting, so more of a chance that the mass was malignant as my ovaries should have been non-funtional, not producing anything. a laparotomy diagnosed stage 3 ovarian cancer.

your cyst may not necessarily be cancer; however, if surgery is recommended, then you should be seen by a gynecological oncologist as they are the experts in this field and will also do all the necessary tests required. if there are complications such as adhesions or bowel issues, a regular gynecologist may not have the expertise to complete the surgery, requiring a second surgery (as i had!).

i don't know what the likelihood of a complex cyst being malignant is...i wonder if it will soon disappear as most cysts do? i hope you will get good medical care at the military hospital. best wishes to you. hopefully someone else with personal experience will come along to help you.
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Unread 10-03-2007, 03:03 PM
Complex Cyst

I think the first thing I'd ask for is the CA-125 test. If you have elevated levels they may be more likely to be agressive early... and since its only a blood draw, its quick and painless
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