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Unread 03-28-2003, 07:24 PM
Date set...Going to the castle

I spoke with my gyn/onc last week. The cyst on my left ovary was still there. The ultrasound report stated a 2 cm cyst with 1 cm mural nodule and apparent neoplasm. With my cancer history (colon cancer 6 years ago and breast cancer 1 and 1/2 years ago), the Dr. was not as concerned about the cyst as he was about the "big picture". With this latest ultrasound he recommended doing another Ultrasound in 4 weeks and determining whether to do the surgery immediately or waiting until this summer (he knew I wanted to do it during the summer).

My dh and I couldn't take the stress of this any longer. I am going to the castle on April 9th. I am very hopeful that this will not be a 3rd cancer diagnosis. My CA 125 was 9. The highest it has ever been was 35.

One question for you princesses: The doc said that they would do a frozen section of the cyst to determine whether they will need to take the fat layer and lymph nodes. Does this delay the recovery time?

I know that I will have more questions in the coming week. I have a 2-3 hour pre-op on Wednesday. Thank you all for being there. This site has been an unbelievable support as well as resource for me.

From a "now official Lady in Waiting"
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Unread 03-29-2003, 06:38 AM
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Hi Judy,

I'm glad you have a date and seem to be comfortable with your decision. I wouldn't want to wait until summer either. I didn't have any experience with lymph node removal so I can't help with the recovery question, but I think someone will be along who can help with that.

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Unread 03-29-2003, 08:09 AM
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When you have your pre-op, ask your Dr. what he/she will do if the frozen section shows cancer cells. Are you having a laparoscopy to check the ovary? What will the doctor have to do if the frozen section does show cancer--do a large abdominal incision to remove the ovaries and look around and take the omentum and lymph nodes? I understand that if cancer is found they will open up the abdominal cavity, examine the whole area, take the omentum, biopsy any other suspicious spots, and take lymph nodes for biopsy. Do ask the Dr. what his/her plans are if cancer is found and if cancer is not found and the difference in recovery times. FYI, I had a full TAH/BSO with lymph nodes taken from everywhere including the peri-aortic area, two spots off the colon, and a spot off the liver. By six weeks I'd have beenr eady to go back to work had the Dr. not kept me home through the first chemo cycle. I was feeling pretty rotten for two weeks, and by the fourth week, when chemo started, I was out and about pretty well. Run all this past the Dr.==what you have asked are excellent preop questions. Ellen
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Unread 03-29-2003, 09:21 AM
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Thank you for your response Margaret. I am going for the TAH BSO. They didn't think they could get at the cyst laproscopically due to scar tissue from the colon resection surgery. If I have the HPNCC gene, I am also at risk for uterine cancer, so we are trying to get rid of as many risk factors as possible.

Is it common practice to take the cervix out during this surgery? I will ask during my pre-op, but I was just curious.
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