• Has Anyone Had An Ovarian Tumor 30cm Or Larger?

    Asked by Jeana1975 on Sunday, August 5, 2012

    Has Anyone Had An Ovarian Tumor 30cm Or Larger?

    I ave been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. I've yet to meet with my new Gynecologist/Oncologist this coming Tuesday. Based upon my research, a very large tumor indicates a late stage cancer. I want to know, from anyone who may have experienced this themselves, if it is late stage and does a massive tumor like this mean the cancer has spread? My Gynecologist told me that the CT Scan could not locate my right ovary (which is where all my pelvic pain is generating). I look like I'm 8 months pregnant. She also said that I have elevated amounts of cancer cells in my uterus and rectum. Does this mean that the cancer has spread to my digestive system? If so, I'm wondering if the outlook is grim. Some of my friends, who are cancer survivors, are appaulled that I wasn't admitted the day they found the tumor for emergency surgery. Instead, I have to wait until Tuesday to meet with the Oncologist. Does this waiting mean that I'm beyond help? I'm terrified.

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    • avonlea02's Avatar

      Jeana: I was diagnosed with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer in February. I finally got the nerve to read my path report a few weeks ago, and after reading of at least 5 tumors they removed, I lost track. I found out that the surgery was reported as "suboptimal" because one tumor was/is on my abdominal aorta, and I was told that if they removed it, I would have bled out at surgery, so I know that at least one tumor was left in me for the chemo to deal with.

      I had been told I had about a 75% chance of remission by my gyn/onc surgeon and I have clung to that, rather than my normal, "Oh, no! That means I have a 25% chance of dying!" I determined early on to be positive and cheerful, and I have been doing very well. I am getting my 7th chemo dose this Friday, and I have one more after that at the end of the month. I was recently told that I will need another 12 months of chemo, and while I am disappointed to hear that, I am also relieved that the docs are continuing to do whatever they feel will help me to beat this.

      I understand your fear. Sometimes I feel that, too. But I use "stop thinking" (which is like mentally holding up a "Stop" sign, and helps me to not get lost in that fear) and to focus on "right now". My surgeon, who sees me at each chemo cycle, has told me that I am doing better than they expected, and that my positive attitude is largely responsible for this. You have to understand, this surgeon (like so many other surgeons) basically says "Yes" "No" and "Next Question" - in other words, he is a no-nonsense, not many words kind of doctor. For him to say so much to me is HUGE! AND, he almost cracked a smile when he said it!! That encouragement meant a lot, coming from him!

      I do not know my future (of course. None of us do.) but I am determined to keep my positive attitude and fight this with all that is in me. Oh, and by the way, by nature, I am NOT a positive person. Cancer has changed my outlook, my attitude, and my demeanor. I have bad days, but I am determined to give this all that I have, to increase my chances of survival and a better quality of life. And, what do you know, it is working!

      I am determined to live a happier and more peaceful life, whether I have 6 months or 40 years left to live! (And I expect it to be the latter!). Even my children (I have three grown children) tell me they cannot believe the change in me, and that I am the most positive person they know, now! It is a huge life change, and I am keeping it!!

      So, do all that you can to be positive, hopeful and believe in a good outcome. Please feel free to talk to me. I am new to this site, but I have a lot of wonderful things I hope to share with people here. I have never experienced so much love and support from those around me - friends, family, and even strangers - as I have since I got cancer. I am filled with hope and love!

      over 8 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      I understand and validate your fear Jeana. I had the same fears and questions last fall when I was diagnosed with stage 3C endometrial cancer.
      I have finished chemo and radiation but on a PET scan 2 weeks ago they noted a suspicious area in my descending colon. I will be seeing a
      colo-rectal surgeon next week. The waiting is physically uncomfortable because of my abdominal bloating and pain. I am quite anxious about this situation and coping the best I can. Be sure to keep open communication with your medical team.......it's a big part of the healing process in my opnion.
      Try to be strong and don't let the bad days beat you up. We all have them; it is normal.

      over 8 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      P.S. Jeana; my tumor was 5.5cm yet a stage 3C - so, I am not sure size has anything to do with the cancer's stage.
      Keep me posted.

      over 8 years ago

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