May 10, 2012 - 9:25 pm
I will have a biopsy in a couple of weeks. If I have uterine cancer, my GYN said that will mean an immediate hysterectomy. I spoke with her nurse earlier this week and she said my GYN would do that hysterectomy.
If I have cancer, do I want my regular GYN to do the hysterectomy or do I want a GYN oncologist to do the hysterectomy?
Do I want the robotic procedure or the other procedure? Does that depend on the type of cancer? I'm not sure that my GYN does the robotic procedure. I can see from the Web site for her office that other doctors in the practice do the robotic procedure but I don't think any of them are GYN oncologists.
My story is that I have had abnormal bleeding for a few months. This past month it seemed like it didn't want to stop! I saw my GYN doc for my regular checkup. She has put me on Medroxyprogesteron to stop the bleeding. In a couple of weeks, she is going to do an ultrasound and a biopsy for uterine cancer. She doesn't think I have it but says because of my age (47), she needs to do the biopsy to rule out uterine cancer as the problem.
Originally she said I would be on the Medroxyprogesteron for only two weeks because she wanted the procedures done within two weeks. However, I couldn't get an appointment for three weeks. They extended the prescription so I won't be bleeding at the time of the appointment. It works great!
I have a regular checkup with my primary care doctor next week. When I did the blood tests this week for that appt, I asked that the CA-125 test be added to the list of tests since they were already drawing blood. I may ask the primary care doctor to put my blood test results in an envelope for me so I don't read the results at least until the day of the biopsy. I figure the ignorance will keep my stress level down a little bit prior to the procedures.
I've been reading a bit here and elsewhere on the Web, which is what prompted me to go ahead and ask for the CA-125 test, just in case I do have cancer. I know it's not always a good indicator but I figured it wouldn't hurt to get one.
My family history is that I have an aunt on my father's side who died from ovarian cancer. About 14 years ago, I had an ovarian cyst that ruptured. I had emergency surgery and that ovary was removed. I was a little fuzzy at the time but I seem to remember the surgeon telling me that although there was endometriotic fluid in the cyst, it did not necessarily mean I had endometriosis. However, every GYN I've seen since assumes that I do have endometriosis.
I'm really grateful to you all for sharing your stories and advice here. It's helpful to so many people.