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Unread 06-30-2002, 10:53 AM
Second surgery

My surgery was on may 3 , the doctor was going to remove only the uterus but during the operation he found was a solid mass on the left ovary and took it out, the right one was ok so he left it.
When patology came the mass was a granulosa cell tumor. He sent me to the oncologist, and I went this past tuesday for an abdominal and pelvic ct. My appoinment is next friday , but the oncologist already told me that I need to go to a second operation to remove the right ovary. I am very concern and really I dont know were I am standing right now

Does anybody had been in this situation. I will appreciate any support or comments.
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Unread 06-30-2002, 08:16 PM
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s Gloria

You must be so disappointed to have to undergo a second surgery!!!
Will it be done with a laprascope or an abdominal incision?
I'm glad you are seeing a gyn oncologist. They are experts for the job.
I did some reading about granulosa cell tumors on the Johns Hopkins web site. They are a rare type of ovarian tumor, but it seems that 70% of the women diagnosed with this are stage I. That is great!!! It also said granulosa cell tumors are low malignant potential tumors. Hopefully your second surgery might be all the treatment necessary. Let us know when the surgery is scheduled, so that we can send some positive thoughts your way.
You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep in touch!!

s karenann
Unread 06-30-2002, 08:28 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear you'll have to have a second surgery for your remaining ovary, I can certainly imagine how concerned you must be.

I'm glad to hear that you'll be seeing the Gyn Oncologist regarding this, they will certainly be able to answer alot of the questions you are having.

I'm sorry, I haven't personally been through this, mine were all done at once and I had a different cell type. But, I did want to add my thoughts and prayers for you.

Please keep us posted on how things are going.


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Unread 07-01-2002, 01:48 AM

It is tough having several surgeries. I have had four. It gets you down. You have a lot of courage and are able to express your thoughts and fears here on Hystersiters. I know how it is, getting over one, then , here comes another. Hopefully, this will be it for you. Thanks goodness your Dr. found out about this early on. You are in my prayers
Unread 08-07-2002, 05:59 PM
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I am back. My secondy surgery is schedule for next friday august 9 . It is going to be an exploratory laparotomy, where he is going to remove my righ ovary and take biopsy of the some places to check that it is not spread. The incision is going to be a vertical one. Today I am feeling very ansious . Please keep me in your prayers hoping for everything to come out all right.

Unread 08-07-2002, 06:31 PM
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Hi Gloria:

I am sorry that you have to have 2 surgeries.

I also had to have 2 surgeries, exactly one month apart. The first one was done with a scope (LAVH) where they removed my ovaries, uterus, etc. thinking my ovarian masses were not malignant. When they later found out that they were malignant, I had the laparotomy (the vertical incision) done.

They needed to do the laparotomy as that is the only way that they can formally "stage" your cancer. They have to biopsy all the surrounding areas including any fluid, lymph nodes, etc. This way they can know for sure that your cancer hasn't spread anywhere.

Also, if you don't have the "staging" surgery done, you will never qualify for clinical trials should you ever need them. This is what my oncologist told me when it happened to me.

Needless to say, having another surgery isn't fun, but it is so very important to know for sure if it has spread or not. That way they can tailor your treatment to your situation.

It sounds like you have a good doctor who is not taking any chances. If your cancer is localized and a low malignant type, you may not even have to have anything else done after this surgery.

Keep your spirits up, think positive and keep us posted.
Unread 08-08-2002, 06:53 AM

that you need that second surgery, but as others have said, it really is important. I can only add prayers that it goes well for you and that nothing more is found. Have you explored the boards? They are a listserver type board (we get all by e-mail, but if you go digest form it's no problem) and have over 1200 women with ovarian cancer in all stages, types, and states of progression/remission. I know there are women there with granulosa cell and it's a resource you may wish to look into. Another big for you and a huge er as well.

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