• Mass on ovary

    Asked by thestarr on Thursday, July 4, 2019

    Mass on ovary

    I went into the hospital because of pain in the stomach. They found out it was bacterial colitis. In finding out that, they discovered I have a mass on my ovary. They have scheduled surgery for next month. The doctor said they will remove the mass plus ovary and tube. They don't know if it's cancer until after removing it and sending it out.
    I am a cancer survivor. I had stage 4 throat cancer 8 years ago. So this mass has nothing to do with my past cancer experience. My question is, is this surgery necessary? I don't intend to have any treatment as I couldn't go through what I went through with the treatment I had in the past. Any thoughts on this?

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm (Best Answer!)

      @thestarr,
      Yes it is a necessary surgery and therapies have changed a lot in 8 years. If you don't want chemo, you can get a biologic like Avastin or a targeted oral therapy like lynparza, zejula, or rubraca. Ovarian is known as the "cancer that whispers" and it is usually found while tending to another health issue. A surgical procedure like a salpingo-opherectomy will truly be beneficial. As a nurse that specializes in gyne cancers I can tell you that whether you will take chemo or not...keeping the mass in is only inviting trouble down the road. Best of luck to you.

      4 months ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      I agree with Carm. Get rid of it. I had 2 cancerous lymph nodes. They removed both and surrounding tissue had 'clean edges' a year after the surgery.

      4 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      I see no other option other than surgery. Masses, cancerous or not very seldom clear up on their own., and you are asking for more problems down the road. This is one can you do not want to kick. I am an ovarian cancer survivor. Because of where your mass is located, I urge you to seek out a second opinion from a gynecologist oncologist as relates to your upcoming surgery. This mass may very well be benign, but it is important to talk with a gynecologist oncologist and get his input as it relates to your current medical history. Most surgeons or gynecologists do not have the additional training or experience to treat possible ovarian cancer, you need a specialist. As carm stated , many ovarian cancers are caught by accident, it is also true that many of these ,are found to be within the earlier stages when most are highly treatable.

      4 months ago
    • thestarr's Avatar
      thestarr

      I guess the general consensus is to have the surgery. Thank you all for taking the time to answer this question for me. And also thank you CARM for letting me know of other options besides chemo. Nobody has discussed that with me.
      Blessings to all of you.

      3 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Good luck. I had a total hysterectomy, as I had uterine cancer -- the surgery was not that bad. 3 days in the hospital and I was off work for 6 weeks. My biggest annoyance was the lifting limit. Hope all goes well.

      3 months ago

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