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Old 12-30-2008, 10:44 PM
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Does anyone know anything about ovarian cancer? Possible tumor? Has anyone ever gone through this?
I'm a little freaked out right now, and all the web sites are making it worse.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:38 AM
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Hey, I hope you are okay!

I personally have not gone through this however i have a family member who has. She was quite young (in her early 30's when she was diagnosed), and actually had a VERY large tumor, i think it was a couple of pounds plus it was malignant. Turns out that it was ovarian cancer, she had it removed, went through treatment but was told that she may never be able to have kids again. Well this it was over 5 years ago and not only is she doing fine, she got pregnant and had another baby a few years ago!

I know how rough it can be when you are waiting for a diagnosis but everything will be okay. I wouldn't worry too much about what websites are saying and i would wait to hear back from your doctor (which i know can be one of the most frustrating things). Please let us know if you are okay and keep us updated.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:32 PM
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My doctor forbids me to look up anything on the medical websites because I start panicing and think I have they serious illness under the sun. I really wouldn't keep reading and driving yourself crazy. A lot of times online your looking at worst case type stuff and they may have had it for years and not getting yearly paps. I agree with the above poster and wait to here from your DR and not the internet. A good friend of mine had it and when caught early ( if your getting yearly paps, you caught it early) it is very treatable, usually a very quick surgery with not a lot of downtime and no radiation or chemo ( at least she didn't have to have any. Again, hers was caught very early in the game). I think she had to go back every few months for screening for the first year or 2 then much more infrequently. Her DR. told her she could still have kids and she has been cancer free for 8 years now. I work with a lot of women and quite a few had bad paps twice in a row and had to have biopsys and had turned up normal or as GW and had them lasered off and never had a problem again. Please don't worry!
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:36 PM
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Please stop reading online; it will only make you worry unnecessarily.

I hope all is well, Tigi.
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At your age I seriously doubt it's cancer...my grandma didn't get it (possibly uterine cancer, I don't even remember which it was) until she was almost in her 80s. Some other causes of tumors include polycystic ovaries, which one of my best friends has and manages with insulin medication and BC, or just benign tumors. Honestly with your age and build, I seriously doubt you have anything to worry about. If you've been gaining a spare tire lately, though, and maybe have been dealing with acne or something else kinda random, you might want to look into PCOS. Good luck!
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Old 01-01-2009, 10:51 AM
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Oh sorry to hear that. But please don`t look at these sides! You`re feeling much much worse after that! I had this when I was 14! It doesn`t matter what age you`re.
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:05 PM
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Those websites can make anyone paranoid..I would go to your doctor if you are have some concerns, but stop worrying yourself with those sites.
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:57 PM
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My problem is that I have not been to a doctor for years. I was too concerned with my dad's illness. I never thought about myself. So I am concerned I caught it too late. I have this awful stabbing pain, where my ovary is. It's been going on for months. The last few weeks, I thought I had the flu, which turns out it's pneumonia.
I went to the ER, and they did blood, X Rays, and an ultra sound. They saw a small mass, and fluids. Could be cysts, or tumor. I'm freaked as my blood work is in the toilet, very low. I need to straighten out an insurance issue, so I can go get a CT scan. The ER wanted to do it, but they were hours behind, and my mom was home alone. I had to go after 7 hours.
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At your age I seriously doubt it's cancer...my grandma didn't get it (possibly uterine cancer, I don't even remember which it was) until she was almost in her 80s. Some other causes of tumors include polycystic ovaries, which one of my best friends has and manages with insulin medication and BC, or just benign tumors. Honestly with your age and build, I seriously doubt you have anything to worry about. If you've been gaining a spare tire lately, though, and maybe have been dealing with acne or something else kinda random, you might want to look into PCOS. Good luck!
This isn't exactly good advice as cancer knows no age limit. I know quite a few women who have had and survived ovarian cancer at VERY young ages. One was in her early 20's, in fact. Young women are especially susceptible to ovarian cancer if they take BCP's.

Work out something with the CT scan center/hospital for a payment plan if you can't get your insurance worked out fast. This probably isn't something you want to sit on if you can help it.

I hope you get good news!
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Tigi, did they do a vaginal ultrasound or just an abdominal ultrasound? If you haven't had a vaginal ultrasound you need to get one. If they saw a complex mass (fluid filled & solid) did they take a sample of it? Benign ovarian cysts are pretty common so try not to freak yourself out. What was low in your blood? Did they conduct a CA-125 test? Did they give you a pregnancy test?

You should also consider being examined for endometriosis.
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This isn't exactly good advice as cancer knows no age limit. I know quite a few women who have had and survived ovarian cancer at VERY young ages. One was in her early 20's, in fact. Young women are especially susceptible to ovarian cancer if they take BCP's.
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I was about to reply saying something very similar but then saw your post.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:27 PM
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This isn't exactly good advice as cancer knows no age limit.
I too thought the same thing.
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Tigi, did they do a vaginal ultrasound or just an abdominal ultrasound? If you haven't had a vaginal ultrasound you need to get one. If they saw a complex mass (fluid filled & solid) did they take a sample of it? Benign ovarian cysts are pretty common so try not to freak yourself out. What was low in your blood? Did they conduct a CA-125 test? Did they give you a pregnancy test?

You should also consider being examined for endometriosis.


They did the vaginal ultra sound also. They gave me a CD of it to take to my doctor. Yes to the pregnancy test, and no to then CA-125 test. No samples were taken. MY WBC was high, but my Hgb, Hct, MCV, MCH, were low. Also my RDW was high, and my platelet was high. All of these are above, or below normal. BUN was low, and potassium, both below normal. The thing that freaked me out was the lg platelets, it said few. huh?
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It sounds to me that you are perhaps bleeding from somewhere or have anemia of another origin

In terms of the highest incidence, and imo most likely cause of acute onset pain with no other symptoms, I would probably have ovarian cyst at the top of the differential diagnosis. And trust me those hurt like a mother. Did they say what the mass appeared comprised of (fluid or solid or both)?

pneumonia would account for the white blood cell abnormalities.
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:25 PM
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I wont worry, my mom had the cells and she had a procedure where they did laser surgery to remove it and she was fine, quite the scare but dont worry I hope the best for you
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It sounds to me that you are perhaps bleeding from somewhere or have anemia of another origin

In terms of the highest incidence, and imo most likely cause of acute onset pain with no other symptoms, I would probably have ovarian cyst at the top of the differential diagnosis. And trust me those hurt like a mother. Did they say what the mass appeared comprised of (fluid or solid or both)?

pneumonia would account for the white blood cell abnormalities.
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i don't think so. it's huge
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It sounds to me that you are perhaps bleeding from somewhere or have anemia of another origin

In terms of the highest incidence, and imo most likely cause of acute onset pain with no other symptoms, I would probably have ovarian cyst at the top of the differential diagnosis. And trust me those hurt like a mother. Did they say what the mass appeared comprised of (fluid or solid or both)?

pneumonia would account for the white blood cell abnormalities.
I completey agree. I remember learning that ovarian cysts were the most common cause of similar pain followed by ovarian torsion or other GI tract/abdominal problems. I had an ovarian cyst on the day of my college graduation and almost collapsed crossing the stage because I couldn't bear the pain.

I agree with the WBC being probably related to the pneumonia. Elevated platelet counts can also be caused by infection...I would wait for another blood test before assuming the worst. The anemia sounds like iron deficiency - were you by any chance menstruating during or before the blood test? Most common cause of iron deficiency anemia in women is menstrual blood loss. With the electrolyte imbalance (BUN, K)...I'm going to guess that you were in a lot of pain and therefore weren't as hydrated and eating well? Most patients that present like this are usually in no mood to self-nourish. I know when I was going through a very bittersweet graduation day in the ER, my electrolytes were all over the place.

What did they conclude based on your Ultrasounds and X-rays? In my situation, they also found cystic masses. I ended up getting a laparoscopy although by the time they went in the cysts had ruptured. If they saw a mass, my guess is they will probably want to do the same to get a better idea and perhaps biopsy a sample of the tissue. Do you usually feel more pain around the time when you menstruate? No chance that you are pregnant?

I'm really sorry that you aren't feeling well. I pray that you will get answers quickly and that things will get better. Take care and let us know if you need anything.
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Now with more information, I would count on a cyst too. You have to get that thing out, checking if it`s a tumor in the lab and in the same surgery they`re removing some more if it`s necessary. But these cysts are really common, causing alot of pain, but you can get rid of them without many problems. So thats good news.

So keep cool! And you`ve got to get a vaginal ultra sound; these are much more accurate as the other ones!
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I get cysts on my ovaries often. Once in a while they hurt so bad I feel like I'm going to pass out. The pain usually comes on real strong and then goes away or gets very faint in a short while. BCP help preven them from forming...but I had to stop taking them because I get migraine with aura.
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I've had them before and known a few women that had them too. The pain can be quite unimaginable at times but does subside. I had one burst while I was pregnant and that's how we figured out I had them since there was fluid outside the womb. I worked w/ a girl once too that did pass out from the pain.
All in all I would advice you get it checked out soon and I wish you the best!
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