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Unread 12-02-2002, 03:13 PM
Help with Pathology report

Hi All, I just had a TAH, BSO on Nov 22. I just completed treatment for breast cancer in September of this year. I had the hyst because when they were testing for breast cancer, they discovered a cyst on my left ovary. Nothing was done about it then, I had a lumpectomy, lymph nodes removed, went through 8 chemo and 38 radiation treatments. Once I was finished I went back to GYN for check up. He thought the cyst had grown so ordered ultrasound and CT scan. I didn't want to mess around so said just take it out and that's what we did. I just got the pathology report today and my GYN said he can't rule out cancer. Does anyone know what all this means ? I will fax a copy to my oncologist tomorrow, just wondering if anyone out there can help me ? Here goes:
Atypical proliferative (borderline) seromucinous tumor of the ovary

The tumor is approx 4.0 CM in greatest dimension

No evidence of invasion noted

Fallopian tube with mild luminal fibrosis

Any help would be greatly appreciated !!
PS I'm recovering very well. I'm 10 days out, no pain meds needed, and I even went in to work for an hour this morning
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Unread 12-02-2002, 04:33 PM
One for the Oncologist

I've tried looking this up in some good sites and don't come up with it. Your oncologist is going to be the one to answer this. I have an idea of what it means, but since I'm not sure, I don't want to mislead you. You have been through SO much this year! I'm hoping this is not so serious as it must seem right now.
Unread 12-02-2002, 04:49 PM
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I just wanted to pop in to say "hi". I wish I could help with that pathology report, but maybe someone else can. Absolutely send it to the oncologist and see what s/he has to say. I like the part about "no evidence of invasion"--that sounds optimistic. Let us know what you find out.

And now I need to pull out my pillow badge. Ten days is awfully soon after your surgery to be going to work--even if it was only for an hour. Remember that you still have some of that anesthetic in your system and that can keep the feelings of pain somewhat dulled. And even if you aren't having pain, you still have a lot of internal stitches to get healed. Please, please take care of yourself and get plenty of rest and keep the pressure off of those stitches. You only have one chance to heal up correctly!

I hope you get good news from your oncologist. Take care, and let us know how you are getting along.

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Unread 12-02-2002, 06:06 PM
Help with Pathology report

s Judy

I am so sorry to read of all you have been through. Enough is enough.
I would suggest you take your pathology report and go to visit a gyn oncologist. In the end you might be sent back to your medical oncologist, but it might be wise just to confer with a gyn onc. They are the experts in gyn problems.
I have enclosed a link here to the Johns Hopkins Web site where borderline tumors and/or low malignant potential tumors are discussed at length. The controversy continues as to whether they are malignant or not.
Most people with this type tumor require no further treatment and the survival statistics are excellent.
Hopefully this will hold true with you. I hope you stay in touch on CC.
Best wishes to you.

Unread 12-03-2002, 04:54 AM

Thanks to everyone who responded to my post. I hope to hear from my oncologist today but after reading the link KarenAnn sent me, I am much more relieved about it all. I kind of thought the same thing, that I would need no further treatment, but it will be nice to hear it from my Dr. Chemo is doable but I'd rather not do it again.. My hair is just starting to grow back. You ladies are wonderful and I thank you so much for your help. I'll let you know as soon as I hear anything.
Many thanks !!
Unread 12-04-2002, 04:52 AM
Phew !!

My onc called me yesterday and said it's a very good thing I got this out. Borderline means just that, can't call it cancer but can't rule it out either. The good thing is that the only treatment necessary is removal and I've already done that. I'm so happy !! Thanks again to all you wonderful ladies for all your help.
Unread 12-04-2002, 08:44 AM
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What wonderful news! Now you can breathe a sigh of relief. Congratulations!

Unread 12-04-2002, 10:12 AM
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...Wonderful news!
Unread 12-04-2002, 10:18 AM
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s Judy

Great news!!!! As you continue with your breast cancer followups make sure you are given advice for a close gyn followup. Even though the surgery removed it all, you still need watching.
Best wishes to you. Now you can enjoy the holidays fully.


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