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Borderline ovarian tumor removed. Now pelvic pains. Has anyone surviedd this?

Borderline ovarian tumor removed. Now pelvic pains. Has anyone surviedd this?

Yes: The tumors are what was described; borderline. Almost all will survive with no adjuvant therapy at all. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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Should I be worried? 35 yr old, Found 12mm cyst on left ovary that is bleeding into my pelvic cavity. Grandma died (36yrold) from ovarian cancer.

Should I be worried? 35 yr old, Found 12mm cyst on left ovary that is bleeding into my pelvic cavity. Grandma died (36yrold) from ovarian cancer.

Don't panic: Cysts are very common. Sometimes they rupture and bleed into the pelvis (hemorrhagic cyst). Your body will take care of it. 12mm is a very small cyst. I would advised waiting 4-6 weeks and having a repeat sonogram to check on cyst size. Not sure how much bleeding you're having but signs of anemia to watch out for are dizziness, increasing fatigue, fainting episodes. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with a Stage 1a/Grade 1 Mucinous ovarian tumor last year. Had right ovary/tube removed. Is this considered borderline or pre-cancer?

Was diagnosed with a Stage 1a/Grade 1 Mucinous ovarian tumor last year. Had right ovary/tube removed. Is this considered borderline or pre-cancer?

Ovarian ca: hi, if you have Mucinous Adenocarcinoma then that is a cancerous tumor but because it is stage 1 the surgery should be curative, although usually the uterus and both ovaries are removed unless the woman wants to have kids later, ...Read more

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Just had cystectomy on 12/5/14 & Left ovary had cystadenoma.still have severe pain&had transvaginal US and there is 5.5cm adnexal mass. Cancer??

Just had cystectomy on 12/5/14 & Left ovary had cystadenoma.still have severe pain&had transvaginal US and there is 5.5cm adnexal mass. Cancer??

Most likely not.: Most ovarian cysts, even those with a glandular component, are benign, altho they can be quite painful. Multiple and/or recurrent cysts are, unfortunately, fairly common. Please follow up with your doctor. While you may need a repeat cystectomy, we can offer medications that help prevent recurrences. I know you're uncomfortable but please don't worry about cancer. It's very unlikely. ...Read more

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Postmenopausal woman has complex ovar cyst. If need ovary removed should I have a hysterectomy due to my age of 59 gynoncologist stated ca risk is low?

Postmenopausal woman has complex ovar cyst. If need ovary removed should I have a hysterectomy due to my age of 59 gynoncologist stated ca risk is low?

Depends: If your uterus is not causing any problems it is difficult to recommend removing it. When the ovary is the problem, certainly that should be addressed. There can be reasons to remove the uterus concurrent with other procedures, but your doctor would have to discuss that with you. ...Read more

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My dad's biological father was jewish. I had a borderline malignant mucinous ovarian tumor removed in 4/2013 that was 10lbs. Should i worry abt cancer?

My dad's biological father was jewish. I had a borderline malignant mucinous ovarian tumor removed in 4/2013 that was 10lbs. Should i worry abt cancer?

Yes and no: Your cancer was of low grade yet it is not entirely worry free, as in some cases it does recur. Overall your cancer has very good prognosis in 80-90% of the cases. Your jewish heritage has no impact on this variety of ovarian cancer(it only affects the brca mutated type of cancers). ...Read more

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I was diagnosed ovarian teratoma& operated. They removed my left ovary & went through 4 cycles of chemotherapy. Is it normal to have iregular mens?

I was diagnosed  ovarian teratoma&  operated. They removed my  left ovary & went through 4 cycles of chemotherapy. Is it normal to have iregular  mens?

Yes: It is not uncommon to have irregular menses after major surgery and chemotherapy. It may take a few more cycles to become normal. If not you md may be able to give you something to regulate it. ...Read more

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Have endometrial mass being monitored. On holiday. Ovarian cyst removed few yr ago. Nervous. Is this bad? Not told family yet.

Have endometrial mass being monitored. On holiday. Ovarian cyst removed few yr ago. Nervous.  Is this bad? Not told family yet.

Usually not.: Most masses in the uterus are non-cancerous fibroids. If that is what it is, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. But you need to know for sure. Ask your doc what it is and if he is worried about cancer. Usually endometrial cancer is diagnosed with an endometrial biopsy or D&C. If your doc was really worried, he would be doing more than monitoring. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have a 2.8cm ovarian cyst. I have the brca1 mutated gene. My ca125 blood test came back normal. Could it still be early stage of ovarian cancer?

I have a 2.8cm ovarian cyst. I have the brca1 mutated gene. My ca125 blood test came back normal.  Could it still be early stage of ovarian cancer?

Rare: Ovarian cysts are of concern when over 5 cm. If the small cyst is not complex it is usually followed by ultrasound. Ca 125 has no diagnostic implication but is only of value for monitoring. Brca1 suggests the cyts should be followed. ...Read more

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My uncle got diagnosed with pancreas tumor is that mean cancer?

My uncle got diagnosed with pancreas tumor is that mean cancer?

Not necessarily: There are a number of different pancreatic abnormalities/tumors not all of which are frank pancreatic cancer. He should be able to get more specific information from his doctors, including exactly what it is and also the expected prognosis. ...Read more

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I have just recieved my pathological report and I have been diagnosed with stage t1n0m0 breast cancer my tumor being 1.2 CM big. Can chemo be avoided?

I have just recieved my pathological report and I have been diagnosed with stage t1n0m0 breast cancer my tumor being 1.2 CM big. Can chemo be avoided?

Need more informatio: There is a lot more to assess before it is decided u need chemo or not what is your age are u post menopausal ? What is the er , pr and her2 status of the timeout then we can decide u need chemo or not. ...Read more

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My grandmother may have very advanced ovarian cancer, tests are coming back today. Is ovarian cancer hereditary?

My grandmother may have very advanced ovarian cancer, tests are coming back today. Is ovarian cancer hereditary?

There incresed risk: There is genetic predisposition but most ovarian cancers are not heriditary.If she has brac1;brac2also hnpcc gene.There is increased risk of ovarian cancer if you a menber of your immediate family has ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

Probably not: Appendix cancer is not part of any men syndrome. Pancreatic cancer can be, but it is a specific type called a neuroendocrine tumor. Likewise, the thyroid cancer in men syndromes is called meduallry carcinoma, which make up only about 10% of all thyroid cancers. ...Read more

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Hi dr..I have a friend that have ovarian cancer but I don't kno what stage.she have nephrostomy tube placed in.what is life expectancy for her?

Hi dr..I have a friend that have ovarian cancer but I don't kno what stage.she have nephrostomy tube placed in.what is life expectancy for her?

Ovarian cancer: You are so good to be worried about your friend. if she has a nephrostomy tube, it means that the cancer is likely stage 3 at least. Ovarian cancer is bad, but it can be beaten by a really aggressive surgery and chemo before or after. Life expectancy really depends on how a person responds to the treatment. As docs we really hate to give life expectancy numbers ( since then it proves wrong often) ...Read more

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If I have ovarian cancer, omental caking, spread though peritoneum, what is my prognosis?

If I have ovarian cancer, omental caking, spread though peritoneum, what is my prognosis?

Depends on surgery: Ovarian cancer has a high incidence of metastasis. When it occurs surgical debuling is the procedure of choice. The omentum becomes involved due to presence of TGF-B producing caking and leading to ascites followed by diaphragm and small bowel seeding. Best results with total omentectomy and debulking to no lesion left that is larger than 1 cm or smaller. Chemo then can be effective. ...Read more

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3 yr old remission cancer patient has 7mm cyst-like mass on pineal gland, been there for over a yr, grown by 2mm. Right eye removed.What could it be?

3 yr old remission cancer patient has 7mm cyst-like mass on pineal gland, been there for over a yr, grown by 2mm. Right eye removed.What could it be?

Too complicated: I'm very sorry your little one has had to go through this. You really need to talk to your specialists about your questions, as they will have the full clinical picture. They will be able to advise you much better than a short answer from a doctor who is unfamiliar with your child's case. ...Read more

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Month after hysterectomy found I have a complex septated ovarian cyst. 11/11 was 2.3cm,12/23 3 cm,12/31 3.8 cm. A lot of pain. Should I be concerned?

Month after hysterectomy found I have a complex septated ovarian cyst. 11/11 was 2.3cm,12/23 3 cm,12/31 3.8 cm.  A lot of pain. Should I be concerned?

Obgyn evaluation: Most ovarian cysts are benign and resolve on their own. You will need to see your Obgyn and have them evaluate it. They can determine if treatment is warranted of if this is a typical cyst that will resolve spontaneously ...Read more

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Does a normal transvaginal ultrasound result rule out ovarian cancer? I have PCOS and terrible gas and bloating, aunt had ovarian cancer last year

Does a normal transvaginal ultrasound result rule out ovarian cancer? I have PCOS and terrible gas and bloating, aunt had ovarian cancer last year

US is good test: The transvaginal US is a good test for looking at the ovaries. If there were a mass there they should be able to see it on the US. If you have ovarian cancer in your family and you are concerned, you could ask your doctor to order a CA-125 blood test. This test is elevated in ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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At 27, I had ovarian cancer and then a hysterectomy. Is HRT safe for me? My cancer was malignant dysgermanoma.

At 27, I had ovarian cancer and then a hysterectomy.  Is HRT safe for me?  My cancer was malignant dysgermanoma.

Yes: Before your ovaries were removed, they made hormones (hrt) so you should be fine using replacement after the surgery. That particular type of cancer should not be affected by replacement. A person with breast cancer, active blood clots, certain types of uterine cancer or undiagnosed vaginal bleeding should not use hrt. ...Read more

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Borderline Ovarian Tumor (Definition)

It is a slow growing(low grade) cancer of the ovary which is diagnosed in a small percent of cases. It does not seem to cause serious problem for many years. It also doe snot respond to any chemotherapy. The key is to ovoid over-treatment once this diagnosis has ...Read more


Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more


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