A biopsy will tell all you need to know about the cancer portion of this. More then likely the doctor is correct though. Helping her is going to be hard for you both. She maybe looking at losing her reproductive organs, along with chemo...and let me tell you, losing the ovaries is no small thing. If she has to do that, you need to keep reassuring her that you love her and if you two want kids you can adopt. Menopause is hard to deal with, and will happen without hormone therapy. Pain during intercourse...try not to go in so far, keep her in positions like missionary and you can try the spoon position..you both face the same wall, she spreads her legs so you can get in her...really the best thing you can do is ask her to tell you when it hurts...and go slow so she can help you identify what is causing the pain so you can find ways to avoid it. During this time, communication, empathy, hugs and tons of reading is your best bet. I wish you both the best of luck, and I will keep you both in my prayers. Please encourage her to act quickly so the cancer does not get any worse.
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Q: I am a 27yr F who has had a long history of large (over 2cm) ovarian cysts. I have recently started having very heavy periods, some that last almost the whole month,and are very painful throughout. I have been in the ER a few times over the last few months and they did a CT scan, found cysts again and also a bone island in my right ischial bone. My mom is now going through chemo for bladder, lymphnode and bone cancer, her just finished treatments for ovarian cancer and my dad's side has a long hx of cancer as well. My question is am I at a greater risk for ovarian cancer and is the bone island something to worry about (my hip hurts when I'm not active and in the morning) and what can I do to regulate my period? Thank you!!!
A: Hi, I know you've been to the ER a few times, but do you have a regular Gynecologist? That's who, I think, you should be seeing. And, from what I've learned, Ovarian Cancer can be genetic. Now, that doesn't mean that you.get ovarian cancer. It just means that the risk is higher. I would definitely see a Gynecologist and find out how to treat these cysts. Good luck and let us know..
Q: Hello. I'm 27 years old and I have PCOS so I was told several years ago. I have semi-normal periods about every 35-45 days. Within the last two weeks I have had two ruptured cysts (confirmed by ultrasound). My great grandmother died of ovarian cancer and I'm pretty scared about it. My question is two fold...first, does having rupturing cysts mean that I probably don't have ovarian cancer? My GYN has not mentioned it although she is aware of my family history. I would think that its the cysts/tumors that stick around and grow not ones that rupture would be the ones to worry about right?? Also, how likely is it to get pregnant with this recurring problem. (and, yes, according to OPK, I am ovulating monthly). Thanks so much. I'm really scared about the "cancer" thing. Any info would be great.
A: I'm by no means an expert but I would also assume that if the cysts are resolving themselves that they are not cancerous. Keep vigilant and listen to your body. Insist on a transvaginal ultrasound each year as part of your annual physical. I know that some women with PCOS do have a tougher time getting pregnant but many do. There is PCOS forum where you might better get answers to that area. Good luck with everything.
Q: I am 67, have complex ovarian cyst on right ovary, 1 cm......have US and CA125 every 6 months.....CA125 ALWAYS normal....I asked for these every 6 months even though my Dr suggested every year.....cyst has been there, unchanged and same size for 2 years.....my Dr says since it has not resolved, I should have it checked by specialist because "down the road" it might become serious .......says it does not appear to be cancer....am seeing gynoncologist oncologist since it has not resolved....just so worried....sister had ovarian cancer at age 56
A: I thought, but could be wrong, that if an ovarian cyst is malignant, it will grow. Contrary to what many believe, ovarian cysts are more common in post-menopausal women than many people realize. And just as in pre-menopausal women, they are usually benign. However, it is concerning that your sister had ovarian cancer. Do you know if you carry a gene for ovarian cancer such as BRCA1, BRCA2, or Lynch Syndrome? These links are helpful: http://ovaryresearch.com/ovarian_cysts.htm http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11084571 Unfortunately, far too many women lose an ovary or ovaries for benign ovarian cysts when periodic monitoring or removal of the cyst itself is all that is needed. Our ovaries produce hormones our whole lives so we don't want to lose one or both unnecessarily. Keep us posted on what you find out from the oncologist.
A: Can I ask you please what was complex about your cyst ? I have 3 small irregular thick walled cysts largest only 24 x14mm all on one ovary that hasn't changed in size since November.in 1st scan in November I was told the same ovary was enlarged with heterogenous texture (probably these cysts) is it a good sign then they advent grown as I am so concerned about ovarian cancer too thank you Michelle xxx
Q: Doctors have found that i have cyst on both ovaries which can be painful at times.I am scheduled for a Diagnostic Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy to be done on the 17 of this Month.What should i expect from this.Cancer is big in my family on my Mothers side .She has had colon cancer and breast cancer and malonma cancer also.which i hear is very rare to have had one person deal with all three at some point in there life.So you see why finding these cyst have me a bit worried. Will these test detect any ovarian cancer if there is any there? Leah09
A: When they do the laparoscopy they will remove the cysts and biopsy which will determine if cancer is present. Please ensure you have a gyn/onc on stand by in such case as this is cancer. But do keep in mind that over 95% are benign. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Q: I went in on Wednesday for a routine right ovarian cystectomy. I have at least 3 cysts associated with my right side, and the biggest one *10cm* is septated. Once my Dr went in through my bellybutton with her camera, she took pics, and decided to not remove or drain a thing, close me back up and refer me to a cancer specialist. I am 30 years old. I am definitely overwhelmed with all of this. Has anyone else on here been through this?
A: As far as i know, she did not take a sample. I am waiting on a call from the cancer specialist today or tomorrow. I have a follow up with my Dr on Thursday for my incision, and I should know more then. When she told me the news, I was still pretty effed up from the surgery meds. ;)
A: I'm sorry to hear that you are going through this. I am surprised that she didn't do a biopsy herself, or remove the cyst. You are young and most ovarian cysts are benign. Good luck and god bless, deb
Q: I just found out I have a 3.2 cm ovarian cyst this week. I have been so stressed out because cancer runs in my family on my father's side and I am worried about having ovarian caner. Is there any way I can help in making this cyst go away ?
A: Hi there. Most women at some point in their life will have an ovarian cyst. They most often do not lead to cancer so don't worry about that. I had a simple cyst myself. What happened with me was no treatment and it passed on it's own. The period in which it passed was a painful one with cramps and heavy flow. But then it was over. Have not had one since. So, you need to speak to your doctor. They often will let the cyst be and it resolves on its own (with nothing to worry about). If it is a complex cyst, they will talk to you about this. But your best source of information is from the doctor who found the cyst (what method did they use to find it)? BTW, my cyst did not 'pop'. It passed through my uterus and out with a period. Again, most ovarian cysts are not a problem. Ovarian cancer is actually a 'seeding' cancer in that there usually are just tiny little granules of cancer all in that area rather than a cyst/tumor on the ovary. My mother in law died from complications of ovarian cancer and she didn't have ovaries anymore. The 'seeding' of the cancer went to the lining of the area. Again, it was tiny little specks of cancer and not a mass like you are thinking. good luck
A: With me I had a cyst the size if an nickel, the doctors told me that they wouldn't do anything about it unless it got bigger which then they would have to cut it out and do a biopsy of it but I was lucky enough while I was sleeping popped it cause I felt it pop , which it wasn't too painful but I definitely felt it. If it pops that is okay too. Don't worry unless it grows or doesn't pop. Get it checked about maybe once every month or so.
Q: I'm 28 years old and have had on and off lower left pelvic pain for years. I have had ovarian cysts in the past. I also have gi symptoms including alot of gas, and some pain under my breasts, upper rib cage. I don't have any bloating, or increased abdominal size. I recently had a colonoscopy which was normal. The dr is sending me for a cat scan to check for kidney stones and ovarian cysts. I am very worried this could be ovarian cancer. I have afamily history of colon cancer (father). Am i being irrational, or should I be very worried?
A: Your worry is a very reasonable one. The odds of having ovarian cancer is very low but early detection is key to treatment so keep on with the tests and getting this addressed. Let us know how it goes.
Q: My daughter is 26 yrs. old and has been to the hospital twice in two years w/ severe abdominal pain. The first time they performed an ultra sound and confirmed she had a cyst on her ovaries-told her it would burst eventually. The second time which was approximately one week ago they did not do an ultrasound, but told her the pain was due to a cyst on her ovaries. My concerns are could she have ovarian cancer-one of my friends daughters died at the age of 27 due to ovarian cancer. Please advise. Thanks
A: Cysts are so very, very common in younger women. If you check the top right of this page at "Health Pages" you will see a lot of information about cysts. They many times, are just part of the cycle and will resolve themselves on their own. I don't know how they could be so sure it was a cyst without another ultrasound. She needs to make another appointment and have another ultrasound if she's in that much pain.Was that a transvaginal ultrasound? The problem with larger cysts is that they can twist or rupture and that is extremely painful.. Please don't worry about cancer at this stage of the game. There are a lot of other symptoms with Ovarian Cancer ; bloating, feeling of fullness, gastric problems, etc. Remember that 95 % of all cysts are benign... Take care, Sandy
A: It is very scary not knowing what's going on inside your body. I have been dealing with ovarian issues for years and it is very nerve wrecking so I can relate. I hope your daughter is all right and that she is healthy. God Bless!
Q: My 14 year old daughter has had 3 episodes in the past 8 months and the doctors have decided they are ovarian cysts. She had another episode last night and it was longer and more painful this time. I am wondering what are the differences between cancer and a basic ovarian cyst that eventually goes away? I am worried we are going to beat around the bush for too long with out getting a diagnosis. The doctor put her on birth control a month and a half ago, but apparently that hasn't worked to stop the cyst from bursting. She has had 2 ultra sounds and blood tests in the hospital twice. She has also had another ultra sound at the OBGYN. This is very abnormal to me. Her symptoms are sudden weight gain, intense pain during episodes, difficulty urinating, blood in her urine, and nausea, but no vomiting. I am sick to my stomache that this could be cancer. She has an identical twin who has always been a little smaller and has not had any episodes. This discussion is related to Do doctors consider ovarian cancer in teens?.
A: I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. But, ovarian cancer is very rare in her age group and most cysts are benign. Ovarian cancer would present with a complex adnexal mass that does not resolve. There are many types of cysts and some women have chronic problems with them. I had many cysts in my lifetime before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 37. I had my first surgery to remove a peristent cyst when I was only 15 years old. Cysts cuase a lot of pain and it is hard to get rid of them. In my case, I believe endometriosis was the underlying contributor to my cysts. Some of your daughters other symptoms seem like she may have PCOS. You should ask her doctor for a complete check. You may want to take her to an endocrinologist who is familiar with this condition. Medications are very helpful at regulating the PCOS and she may be given a special diet to help with the condition. I think you should keep pressing for answers and be sure to get her a complete gastrointestinal work up if no answers are found in the gyn checks. It sounds like she is miserable. It think since her gyn has not mentioned surgical removal, it is a good sign that he does not think her cysts are worrisome for malignancy. But, you should ask him and be sure. Get a copy of her scan reports. If her cysts are complex, she should consult with a gynecologic oncologist. Persistent complex cysts with symptoms may require surgical removal. You would want that type of cyst to be removed with the help of a gynecologic oncologist. Good luck in finding answers! Shelly
Q: Last year i was diagnosed with hpv and I had the colposcopy test done, and it came back that i had number 16 and number 1 (something like that.. i just remember those 2 numbers) But then a few months later after the doctors did a few more pap tests they stated they no longer believe that they are related and are not pre cancer cells. over the last few months i have been having series pelvic pain, and problems urinating. I went to my doctor and they stated that it might have been a kidney infection but there was nothing that came up on the urin test but they gave me antibiotics, and left it as that. after takin them it came back, and today the pain is worse then ever. Could this be and should i call my gyno to be tested for ovarian cysts. I have take pregnancy tests, and they come up negative, but this all seems to be related, and its very concerning esp since many woman in my family have ovarian cysts and cervical cancer, i didnt kno if any or either were heraditary.
A: Yes, getting a transvaginal ultrasound would be a good thing as your pain could be related to cysts.