Feb 02, 2010 - 12:28 am
Hello. I understand that most users of this specific board is female, so please allow me to post until my wife is able.
My wife of 30 years, Betty, went into the hospital this morning because an ultrasound found some masses on her ovaries. She has been feeling abdomen pain for about a month and went to our Dr in mid-January. The Dr ordered an ultrasound. It took a week to get the ultrasound read and we met with the GYN Oncologist on Jan 19th and surgery was today.
I knew that it was not good when the scheduled 2 hour surgery turned into 3 1/2 hrs before the surgeon came out. The doctor came into the waiting room at 1:20PM and told me that Betty has uterine papillary serous carcinoma (UPSC). He classifies it as Stage IIIB—The tumor was in both ovaries, and deposits of cancer are present in the abdomen that are large enough for the surgeon to see but not exceeding 2 cm in diameter. The cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes.
He took off two tumors larger than softballs – maybe a couple of pounds each. The tumors had spread to her abdomen and he thinks he got the tumors before they reached the lymph nodes.
The Dr told me that Betty will have to undergo chemo in about 3 weeks.
We are both very scared and I am very upset reading the possible outcomes. My wife Betty, is 49 years old.
I am home alone, searching the internet while my wife is at the hospital. This is the first time that she has been in a hospital overnight since her tonsils were removed in 1966.
The hospital has wi-fi and I will be there by her side every day until she comes home (hopefully Thursday). Her Mother is coming from Virginia on Thursday to help us.
I am still in shock. I just don't know what to do. I spoke with the Dr for 5 minutes in the waiting room. The nurses are not a lot of help - they see cancer every day. Of course right now my wife is in a lot of pain from the removal of her ovaries, uterus, and cervix. I hope that the pain and confusion will go away - right now we are really scared.
I will read this board tonight, and we can talk about all of this tomorrow at the hospital; so if anyone can tell us what to expect, please do.
Thank you, Doug in Colorado