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Unread 05-07-2002, 03:20 PM
Is there a connection?

Hi Sisters...I'm scheduled for surgery on the 17th. I'm with an oncologist ...having both ovaries removed . Already had a TAH in 1999. There is a cancer concern with the left ovarian mass. I've noticed for about a year I have been sick more than throat infections and sinus stuff. Also just really tired at times. My question is this...could this be a symptom that goes along with having ovarian or endometrial cancer? I'm going to address the doctor about it on Thursday but I just wanted to throw it out here and see if anyone else had symptoms like this. Thanks ladies!
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Unread 05-07-2002, 03:25 PM
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Hi Braswell, welcome to * cancer concern * you have certainly come to the right place if you have any concerns or fears with this

I know nothing at all about ovarian cancer but there are quite a few ladies who have had experience with it and I am sure they will be along soon to help.

It doesnt matter what type of cancer you have , it is always frightening when its YOU who has it . So just remember that we all know that fear and are here at all time to help you get through this. love and hugs x x x
Unread 05-07-2002, 03:34 PM
Hi Braswell, I'm an Ovarian Survivor

Good question! I can't say, looking back, I had more stuff like sore throats and sinus, but then at that time of the year when I was diagnosed, I expect that anyway--I get something in late fall and seem to have it off and on through spring. It could be that in you, that's a sign. Fatigure can be a sign with ovarian. Other common warning signs: bloating, diarrhea/constipation, pain (which was my warning sign)--lots of GI type things. Wishing you well with your surgery--and hoping for a NO cancer finding!
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Unread 05-07-2002, 05:43 PM

I was sick with this and that for two years before I was diagnosed. I had other problems with enlarged lymph modes, but I think your immune system takes a beating when you have any kind of cancer. I was chronically ill with colds, etc... I tried to tell the dr. there was something wrong, but because I was in my twenties, it was the last thing they looked for. I do not have ovarian cancer, so I don't know about that. Hang in there. Take care of yourself, and allow yourself to rest when you feel like it.
Unread 05-07-2002, 07:09 PM
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Hi Braswell!

Welcome! I don't remember having "alot" of illnesses prior to being diagnosed, I did have a lot of fatique as Margaret mentioned. I was in the process of getting over a virus that had taken up residence outside of my lung, during a recheck for that was actually when we discovered the elevated blood work.

One thing you might ask when you see the Oncologist is how the "mass" appears. My oncologist described to me one of the ways they can at times determine if a mass "might" be cancerous is the size, shape and density of it. He said one that is misshapen, "bumpy" texture and solid would more likely to be a cancerous one vs. one that is smooth, round and/or non opaque.

I wish you well and hope that this turns out to be a benign growth. Keep us posted on how everything turns out. We'll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers for good news for you.


Unread 05-08-2002, 07:36 AM
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Hi Braswell!

My ovca was dxed in January and looking at it now, I don't think there was anything unusual. But boy in the time between my first suspicion (elevated CA-125 on a routine screen - ovca runs in my family) and my surgery, I over analyzed every pain, cough and rash!

Your gyn onc can give you a detailed explanation of what he thinks is going on, but really ovca is very tricky and there are a number of non-cancerous conditions that can make the ovaries look weird on scans, and til they get the ovaries out, it is hard to say for sure what is going on.

Let us know how the doc appointment goes.

Unread 05-08-2002, 10:50 AM
Hi again

Thanks Sisters for your info, advice and support!
I'll find out tomorrow a little more about what's going on.
I'm trying to be positive about all this. It would help to stop being sick on top of it all ! Thanks for reminding me that I'm not alone!s to you! Janet
Unread 05-08-2002, 06:48 PM
Hello Janet

Hi - I thought I would let you know I didn't seem to be any more ill than usual before my dx. However I was sick for over two years with symptoms, so who really knows....

Have you had a CA125 test? Are you having a gyn oncologist for your surgery? They are a special dr, rather than a gyn or an oncologist.

I hope that all goes well tomorrow. Take Care - Robin S.
Unread 05-08-2002, 10:57 PM
Hi Janet

I was sick for a few months prior to my diagnosis. I had constant sore throats, flu's, cold's etc. I caught everything.
If I had to guess I would say it had alot to do with my anemia which had gotten bad and I didn't realize it. I was very fatigued and having difficulty functioning normally mentally, emotionally and physically. Whew! I am glad that is all behind. Feeling great now.
Let us know how your appointment goes. I'll be thinking of you.
Unread 05-10-2002, 06:33 AM
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Hi sisters...yesterday went ok...just very long! The CA125's came back fine so I do feel a little better. But won't really know till they go in. I'm actualy having 2 gyn/oncologist working on me. A senior doctor and a fellow which will be full staff in June. So I guess I'll be ok in surgery. Two heads are better than one!!! I found out yesterday that my right ovary has a small cystic mass on it too. So there goes any fleeting thought of keeping an ovary.I'm on the road to surgical menopause..UGGGGGH!! I shouldn't complain I know...that will beat the mess out of cancer that I praying will not be there. Any pre and post op suggestions are welcome!!!! Thanks are all s
s Janet

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