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Endo. ca. allowed to keep ovaries? Endo. ca. allowed to keep ovaries?

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Unread 09-05-2002, 09:36 PM
Endo. ca. allowed to keep ovaries?

Hi,
Has anyone ever heard of an endo. cancer patient being allowed to keep her ovaries? I have a gyn./onc. telling me I can have my uterous removed but keep the ovaries. I thought that was a huge taboo.

I appreciate your thoughts on this.

Judy
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Unread 09-06-2002, 05:06 AM
Endo. ca. allowed to keep ovaries?

Judy
I was diagnosed with endo c in July and had a hyst a week later. I was told by both my gyn and my ultra conservative onc/gyn that the ovaries must go, because they feed endo c with estrogen and that if there was spread or a recurrence that the ovaries would be the next likely site. I am 44 and was reluctant to give up my ovaries, but as the onc/gyn said you probably only have another maybe 6 years left of the ovaries working so why risk it. Also, he said that much of the time the ovaries will stop working in a few years after a hyst because the "plumbing is gone". I am now glad they are gone....one less thing to worry about....I sure didn't want to have to go back in for a second surgery to have them removed.
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Unread 09-06-2002, 06:34 AM
Endo. ca. allowed to keep ovaries?

Judy,
I also had endometrial cancer and had the ovaries removed. My gyn/onc is conservative while I am very aggressive and even he said they had to go. If I were you, I'd do some internet research and take it to my gyn/onc for further discussions. Good Luck.
s
Laura
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Unread 09-06-2002, 12:42 PM
Just My Opinion--OUT!

That's just my unprofessional opinion. As long as the doctor is in there, take them out to avoid the risk down the road of ovarian cancer. Yes, it'll be a shock for your system--so hormone jungle or no hormone site may be your next stop--but as the others have said, their gyn/onc's wanted them out and anytime the cancer word comes up, I think conservative is the better approach. A big for a big decision to make.
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Unread 09-06-2002, 03:59 PM
Endo. ca. allowed to keep ovaries?

Oh my gosh, what different docs we have. I had endo CA stage 1a and not only the ovaries went, but the omentum (fat pad over intestines) which I regret!, appendix, and lymph node dissection. Sounds like these guys are at opposite ends of the spectrum. You might want to search on the net for endo ca, I found that omenectomies are unsual but I believe oophorectomies are common. Hang in there, Judymk
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Unread 09-06-2002, 05:56 PM
Endo. ca. allowed to keep ovaries?

HEY, JUDY
I AGREE WITH MARGARET, WHY CHANCE IT?? WHO WANTS A SECOND SURGERY IF IT CAN BE AVOIDED.
I HAD ENDO C TOO, I WANTED EVERYTHING OUT!!!!
MY ONOC/GYNE AGREED, AND IT ALL WENT. I DON'T TAKE ANY HRT ( MY OWN DOING ) I TAKE VITAMINS, THE HOT FLASHES AND NIGHT SWEATS SUBSIDE DOWN THE ROAD. I HAD MY HYST 10 MONTHS AGO AND THE SYMPTOMS ARE BEGINNING TO LEAVE.
IT'S ALWAYS YOUR CHOICE , BUT SEE WHAT THE DOCTOR THINKS AND WHAT ANSEWERS YOU CAN GET FROM HIM.
LUCK!!!!
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Unread 09-07-2002, 06:16 AM
Endo. ca. allowed to keep ovaries?

Hi Everyone,
Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. I guess leaving the ovaries in for endo. ca. is unheard of.

Judy, I was curious, what lead them to remove the omentum? Was that the surgeon's standard practice?

Thank you!

Judy
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