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Unread 03-12-2012, 08:06 AM
Scarred about fibroid

I am driving myself crazy with what-if worries at the moment. Had a diagnostic laparascopy in December by one consultant who found nothing to worry about but he didn't go into my uterus to look at my fibroid(s) as he was so convinced they are benign. Now am seeing another consultant and because one of the fibroids has grown from 2m to 5 cm in just over 2 years he thinks there is a chance it could be cancerous. By the way, I am 49, probably peri-menopausal but no real menopausal symptoms yet. Am trying to be calm knowing that its unlikely but because I'm a worrier I'm still thinking - oh no, this could be IT. Have also read that these types of cancers are really hard to treat and quite aggressive : (( Anyone of you ladies out there who can calm me down?! I know that we will only know the outcome once I've had my hyst and the paths are back but just want to feel a bit chilled again. Thanks so much in advance and hugs to you all. x
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Unread 03-12-2012, 09:03 AM
Re: Scarred about fibroid

I hope I can relieve your worries. Going from 2 cm to 5 cm in two years isn't really fast growing. My uterus grew from the size of a baseball to the size of a volleyball in 5 months. The growth was due to the estrogen ups and downs that I experienced while in peri-menopause. It is common for fibroids to have growth spurts at that time.

My doctor was not worried at all about cancer but he was concerned that it was squishing my bladder and that I had no bladder capacity. The other thing to realize is that the likelihood of your fibroids being cancerous is very very very small. It does happen but fast growth of fibroids is not an indicator of cancer.

I really hope this makes you feel better.
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Unread 03-12-2012, 09:56 AM
Re: Scarred about fibroid

My fibroids (three of them) grew about 2 cm in a month...not sure if that's fast or not. My doc said I shouldn't worry, the likelihood of them being cancerous is very very small. He said its kind of rare. I had my hysterectomy this past Wed...no path yet but I'm not worried. Hopefully this will help ease your mind. Hang in there.
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Unread 03-12-2012, 10:48 AM
Re: Scarred about fibroid

Thank you both very much for your replies. Am also worried because the original ultrasound report said that this one fibroid was vascular ... think that cancerous growths tend to have more/their own blood supply? That freaked me out too. May just start another thread on that to see if anyone can put my mind at rest about this too so that I can get some sleep tonight!
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Unread 03-12-2012, 10:51 AM
Scared (me again!) - fast growing and vascular fibroid

Hello again! Have had some soothing replies about fast growing fibroids but was also very worried about the original ultra-sound report that said it was 'vascular' ie. had a good blood supply ..... since cancerous growths often have more blood supply than benign ones, should I be worried? Anyone with any experience of this? Thanks again.
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