madcj5fam's Journey with Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

Survivor: Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 41, Stage IA

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    • madcj5fam
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopia...
    about 5 years ago
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    Robotic assisted laparoscopic radical hysterectomy

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    I am 36 years old and recently found out that I had stage1 ovarian cancer. My story goes... I was not feeling well and had gone to the ER for something completely not related to the cancer. Several tests were run and the ER doctors found a large tumor on one of the ovaries. Within 2 weeks I was have surgery to remove the tumor, because of the chance that it could have been cancer, I was sent to an oncologist. I had signed some paperwork that allowed the Doctor to remove the tumor, the ovary with the tumor, and the tubes. I was only supposed to be left with one ovary. I also signed to state that if anything was found that was potentially cancer, that they had my permission to remove the other ovary as well as anything that may need to be checked. The Doctor did find something in the ovary, so he removed the other and my appendix in that same surgery. The result was that it was a slow cancer, and it was caught at a very early stage. My treatment from this point on will be every 3 months check-ups, and I do not have to have chemotherapy. There is so much awareness about breast cancer that I know what the symptoms are, and how to exam for it. It is hard to catch ovarian cancer before it is into a stage 2 or 3, and that makes the fight against it so much harder. I want to stress going to the OBGYN Dr. regularly, and listen to your body when it tells you it does not feel right or normal. This can help with detecting ovarian cancer earlier.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree