Jun 20, 2013 - 7:24 pm
I am an almost 70 year old 11 year survivor of Stage 1 Kidney Cancer and regularly help the Kidney Cancer newbies on the Kidney Cancer discussion Board. Ovarian Cancer however is above my paygrade so I am turning the keyboard over to my wife so she can ask the questions.
Hi All! I am very confused as to what my next step should be. Background: I am 68. I had my left ovary out at 27 because of a dermoid cyst. At that time, they cut open my right ovary just to check for any smaller dermoid there. None. However, I never had a normal ovary after that -- although functioning-- it sunk back onto my intestines and scar tissue formed. None of this was a problem through the years. PART II: I was having some abdominal discomfort all last summer and when I went to my gyn for annual I mentioned it to you (I'm convinced I pulled some muscles cleaning). She (thankfully--probably saved my life) ordered an abdominal and pelvic ultra sound. The pelvic ultra sound showed a 2 cm. cyst and a CA125 of 127. Following up, I had another ultra sound a month later. Same size--2 cm., no growth---CA125 went to 125. I was supposed to have another follow-up 2 months later....but waited 6 months, which was last week. My results: 2cc or maybe a bit smaller but with blood flow! CA 125 again. Gyn called yesterday morning and said "have it out." She gave me the name of 2 oncology gyns. One is very into robotoics, in fact, I think that might be all the does and the other is head of the dept. of the hosp., very highy respected but no laproscopy or robotics. My questions: is there a difference in the type of operation they would do, can you find cancer better with one or the other types of surgery, does my "odd" ovary deter the robotics, and most of all what would all of you recommend??? Of course, I am scared.
Susie (Iceman's wife)