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Unread 02-26-2003, 02:50 PM
Ovarian cancer in 1984

Got a question that even my Dr. can't help with. I had ovarian cancer in 1984 when I was 20. I was left with 1/2 an ovary and my uterus. The decision was made to leave these since I was so young. During the holidays, I had a pain (the first ever) on the side where there was no ovary. I went to a new OB/GYN, he suggested that I have everything removed as a precaution. He had no research to indicate whether or not I was more at risk of getting cancer in the remaining portion of the ovary than anyone else. Since I'm through having children (well one), and have been on Depo Provera for 6 years (irregular cycles), should I go ahead and take his advise? He's got me scheduled for 4/3, so I would have time to change my mind if needed.

Any help would be appreciated. Would I be more at risk than someone without a cancer history?
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Unread 02-26-2003, 03:17 PM
Ovarian cancer in 1984

s Pam

Having reproductive organs removed certainly lessens your chance of a new ovarian cancer. But it is not totally reliable.
What type of ovarian cancer did you have?
Did you have any testing done after your painful episode?
ie: ultrasound, ca 125?
If I were you, I would request a consult with a gyn oncologist.
They would be the experts in giving you advice in this situation.
And congrats on doing so well the past twenty years.

Unread 02-26-2003, 06:30 PM
Ovarian cancer in 1984

I agree with getting a second opinion, especially if you are able to hook up with a gyne oncologist. Have you had any ultrasounds or blood tests lately? Pain can be a symptom of many conditions. Good luck and keep us posted...
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Unread 02-26-2003, 07:27 PM
Ovarian cancer in 1984


I'm with the other gals as well, a second and even a third opinion is never a bad idea, especially one of those being with a Gyn Oncologist.

If you can have your prior records sent to them ahead of time or bring them with you will also help give them as much information as possible.

Ultimately this has to be your decision and it has to a decision that you're comfortable with. I hope you'll be able to get as much information as possible to help you with this.

Keep us posted on how things go for you. We're all sending you lots of positive thoughts and prayers.



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