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January 7, 2010 8:23 AM Subscribe
Mom has ovarian mass but the doc has ordered a CT scan and a follow up with an oncologist. She's alone and I'm on the other side of the country, a blubbering mess with the words CANCER screaming in my head. Any insight would be much appreciated.
posted by Eudaimonia to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My mom has had a gynecological exam, and an ultrasound, where they found a fibroid (for which she apparently will need surgery) and an ovarian mass.
The mass is apparently around 2mm and is fluid filled. I know that benign cysts are pretty common in women, but the doctor has ordered a CT scan and a follow up with a gynecological oncologist. The word oncologist scares the living shit out of me. And as far as I can tell, a CT scan is only ordered when cancer is suspected and thought to have spread, and they need to assess the extent of this spread.
Background: My mom is 52, has given birth once, and has had an IUD for most of her life. She's had spottiness lately (over the last 3 months or so) but we just assumed it was because she's hitting menopause. Also, she's had heavy bleeding for years, but that's been chalked up to the IUD by her last gyno (but my dad never let her go to the doctor so this is the first gyno exam she's had in almost 10 years.)
I guess I'm wondering if the CT is standard for when a woman is going to get surgery (I thought they would just try to get the fibroid and then biopsy the ovarian mass,) or if I should really brace myself for something worse. Also I thought mass and cyst were interchangeable terms, but is it something I should be worried about?
I know you are not my doctor, my mom's doctor, a gyno-onc, etc. But if you have something to share, experiences, or hell, even support, it would be greatly appreciated. We've only got each other and I haven't been able to stop crying for the last...day, or so. It'd be nice to hear some other stories (that aren't on the ovarian cancer boards) or input to get some perspective.