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Uterine Cancer - Chances of Ovarian Cancer

lauriet
Posts: 6
Joined: Feb 2004

Hi, Everyone!

I was diagnosed with uterine cancer on February 13th and will have a complete hysterectomy this Thursday, February 26th. I'm in the very early research stages of gynecological cancers and was wondering if any of you were diagnosed first with uterine cancer and then during surgery it was discovered that it had already moved to the ovaries or is ovarian cancer completely different?

Thanks for you help!

Laurie

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BonnieR
Posts: 1549
Joined: Jan 2004

I personally had ovarian cancer but had a friend who had uterine cancer several years ago and the surgery and radiation was all she did and hers has never spread. Anything is possible though. I am so sorry to hear about your cancer, with a positive attitude, healthy diet & exercise and prayer you will come through this fine. Maybe post this on the uterine discussion also and they'll have some answers for you. Take Care and Keep the Faith BonnieR

lauriet
Posts: 6
Joined: Feb 2004

Thanks, Bonnie! I appreciate your response. I'll know more once it's staged. Thanks for your support!

Laurie

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pshnyc
Posts: 45
Joined: Feb 2003

Hi Laurie,

Sorry for your dx. I was dx three years ago with Ovarian Cancer Stage One. At the time, I had only the ovary and fallopian tube removed. There was no other cancer present. A year later, I went for an elective hysterectomy and a cell of the same cancer was found in my uterous. I had a complete hysterectomy which was completely curative.

Ovarian and Uterine cancers are not necessarily related. Have you had a CT Scan? Did this show anything? How was your uterine cancer discovered?

I was able to have a minimally invasive hysterectomy which really helped the healing & recovery time (as opposed to my first sugery. Menopause is delightful (not!), but certainly better than having cancer. It's good that you're getting everything out. Good luck on Thursday. Let us know how everything turns out.

pshnyc

lauriet
Posts: 6
Joined: Feb 2004

Thanks for your response. I haven't had a CT scan. It was diagnosed through a uterine biopsy in preparation for an ablation. Once the cancer was discovered, the ablation was cancelled and a total hysterectomy was scheduled.

Laurie

groundeffect
Posts: 651
Joined: Mar 2003

I was dx with uterine cancer after a mini-biopsy in August '02, and was had a hysterectomy in early Sept., and was found to have ovarian cancer, also. The ovarian (1c) and uterine (1b) are not related, and I have been told many times that I was very fortunate to have the ovarian found at such an early stage.

I had taxol/carboplatin chemo, which the doctors decided would be adequate to destroy what cells might have remained. I'm grateful to have not had to have radiation on top of the chemo!

I highly recommend reading "Gilda's Disease" if you have any questions about ovarian cancer. It's an easy read, and taught me more about the disease and chemo than anything. The described treatments are still the current ones.

Good luck! Let us know how you are when you can!

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