Sep 28, 2006 - 6:59 pm
I am 43 years old. My mother died from Ovarian Cancer at the age of 53 - one week after her diagnosis. She also had two brothers with colon cancer. My doctor does a transvaginal ultrasound on me every year followed by a regular exam and CA-125 six months later.
I have been having some worrisome symptoms for a few weeks now - frequent urination, constipation and weight gain in the abdomen. I knew my regular ultrasound was coming up so I figured I would wait it out. I should also tell you that I haven't had a period since last November and at my regular exam last March, my doctor told me I was probably in early Menopause. I have had perimenopausal symptoms for about 5 years now - very irregular periods, hot flashes, etc.
My ultrasound was yesterday and I'm concerned by the findings. I have a simple cyst on each ovary - they look fairly large to me - at least larger than other cysts I have had. My endometrium is also thicker than it should be. The ultrasound tech was not not concerned. She said it looks like I'm not quite at menopause yet and I'm probably getting ready to have a period.
So, my question is what should I be asking my doctor when she calls me in 2-3 days. I have a feeling that she will want to wait and rescan me in 5-6 weeks - at least that is the approach she has taken in the past. My mother died one week after her diagnosis and I don't want to fool around with this. My understanding is that simple cysts are much more important after menopause - if, in fact, that is what is going on with me.
What sort of tests should I be asking for? I don't want to undergo unnecessary surgery but that is preferable to letting cancer go for another month.
Any suggestions? Thanks!