• Has anyone heard of or had a hystorectomy as a preventitive measure against other cancers?

    Asked by Nonnie917 on Saturday, May 18, 2013

    Has anyone heard of or had a hystorectomy as a preventitive measure against other cancers?

    I saw my gynecologist yesterday and she wanted to do a hysterectomy to prevent any further cancer from appearing. I told her no because I haven't had my final reconstruction surgery yet which is scheduled for the 24th of June. I asked her about a person we knew who had her ovaries removed and she still ended up with ovarian cancer. Why? So she goes into a long explanation, which made sense, but I still didn't want to do it. So she is requesting that Group Health send me to a genetic counselor and he/she will determine whether or not I need the genetic testing of the BARCA gene. If it comes back positive, then I have to have a hysterectomy. Okay, so be it, but it won't be right away. I ended up with acute kidney failure and a low red cell count because I had 3 surgeries too close together. I also have to have surgery on my thumb and forefinger of the left hand because I have trigger finger and I have to have my right knee replaced. UGH!! So tired of surgery.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Many women who test positive for the BRCA1/2 mutation, which indicates an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, choose prophylactic overectomy (the removal of their ovaries) This is especially true if they are being treated for breast cancer. But I have not heard about a complete hysterectomy to prevent developing gyn cancers.

      about 5 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I'm with Sue, never heard of it. What risks do you have? It can't be just the breast cancer.

      about 5 years ago

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