May 20, 2005 - 10:32 pm
I am supposed to start radiation next week after some delay due to miscoummunication between my team of docs. My radiation oncologist asked me today if I wanted to delay the radiation treatments more so that I can have a procedure done to move my ovaries out of the radiation field.
I'm 100% sure that I don't want children, but the radiation effect on my ovaries could cause me to go into menopause early and to have hormonal problems.
I'm trying to decide whether I should have the procedure done. I am 33 yo with stage IV rectal cancer with liver metastasis. I am leaning towards not worrying about my ovaries so that I can get started with the radiation. My 20% survival rate from Stage IV cancer makes menopause seem not so important.
Anyone had this procedure done? Is it common for young women to have it done? Even if its not to preserve fertility, but just to avoid hormonal problems.
Thanks for any help,