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I think I have ovarian cancer!

beef_scoobydoo
Posts: 1
Joined: Feb 2005

Tomorrow i go to the doctor to get checked out for what i believe to be ovarian cancer. here are my symptoms:
in december 2003, i had my first child. in january 2004, i started on ortho evra. during the nine months that i wore the patch, i had all my usual menstrual cycles. after i went off the patch in september 2004, i kept having the cycles and never missed one. on january 21st 2005, i had my first cycle of the year. on febuary i had another cycle and on february 15th i had another cycle.
beginning in september, whenever my fiance and i would have sex, the area where my right ovary is starts to hurt. it got so bad the last time we had sex that we had to stop. i went to my doctor in september for the pain and she said it might be a cyst. they did an ultrasound, but i never got the results of it. but ever since september the pain has gotten worse.
recently i have been sleeping a lot and i don't know why. i lower stomach looks swollen but i thought i was getting fatter. i have short periods of back pain.
is this all in my head? do i have ovarian cancer? is there anything i can do?

mopar
Posts: 1954
Joined: Apr 2003

I understand your concerns. But why didn't you get the results of your tests? Maybe that's a good sign, otherwise if there were something major they probably would have called you. You are wise to have this checked out, and hopefully to put your mind at ease. I had no symptoms, which is common for OVCA. However, don't ignore this. There are some simple things they can start with - a CA125 blood test, pelvic exam, CT scans, PET scans, ultrasounds, etc. Hopefully they will at least do the blood work to get you started and get a baseline number. Any family history? Of course, having a new baby brings a lot of new circumstances, fatigue certainly being one of them!

Please write down everything so you don't forget to tell your doctor. Start keeping a journal of what he tells you also. When we're afraid we tend to forget or not understand certain things. A journal will help keep it all in perspective. Let us know what you find out. My prayers are with you, and we'd love to hear from you again.
Monika

pandabear
Posts: 1
Joined: Mar 2005

I just finished chemo for ovarian cancer in March 2005. Last Sept. I had gone to the ER with severe right pelvic pain. I had had bloating, and pain in the back and pelvic areas. Although there was not a history of ovarian cancer in my family, the doctor I saw asked if I had ever had "female problems". The answer to that was no, other than the present symptoms. Long story short, this doctor took my pain seriously. I had x-rays, a pelvic exam, and a CT scan. A solid ovarian mass was discovered which turned out to be cancer. I never dreamed in a million years that I would get cancer. I am 42 yrs. old. Hopefully you do not have cancer, but your pains sound similar to mine, and I would definitely have more tests. Look up a good OB/GYN Oncologist. Good luck. Linda

carme
Posts: 5
Joined: Mar 2005

Please go for a check-up and ask for an ultrasound, this is the only way to detect ovarian cancer and/or a CA-125. Don't wait. I waited because my gyn told me I had menopause which are all the same symptoms of ovarian cancer. Finally my internist found out I had ovarian because I got so much bloating, they then rushed me into surgery with only five percent chance of living. So please get a check-up as early as you can. It's better to know and deal with something then to wait. God bless you.

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