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Can a simple ovarian cyst turn into a complex ovarian cyst almost 3x the size within a matter of 2 months?

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Can a simple ovarian cyst turn into a complex ovarian cyst almost 3x the size within a matter of 2 months?

Postby yeung » Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:19 pm

I went to a new gynecologist in December 08 due to about 5 months of continual symptoms dealing with the pelvic area pain and nausea. I told the doctor that i believed i had a cyst. The sonogram he requested for me revealed a 2x4cm SIMPLE cyst. He did not tell me cause did not think it was important to tell me being it was "only" a simple cyst. I happened to find out while i was reading the report myself. This gynecologist did tell me i had gallstones and i should get in touch with my primary care doctor, which the report also revealed. All the doctors i saw and no one attributed the symptoms to anything but possibly and most likely the gallstones. I had the surgery a month later to take the Gallstones out because i was advised that it would more than likely relieve me of my nausea and pain. 3 weeks after this easy surgery i was vomiting nonstop and back in the hospital in pain, severe nausea and severely dehydrated. They released me after the moment they got the new sonogram report stating i now had a 8x5.6cm COMPLEX ovarian mass on my ovary. I was referred to immediately consult a gynecologist/oncologist. I was told by the oncologist that it needs to be removed and they will not know if it is cancer until they get to it. He was surprised the General surgeon did not see the mass while having the surgery. Then he said that the General surgeon said there was too much scarring in the pelvic area to see it, because of a past surgery. I have all the symptoms that say ovarian cancer. Is it possible that this cyst changed so drastically in such a short time? Is it also possible that the Gall bladder surgery put more stress on my immune system and possibly made it grow more rapidly? Especially if it IS cancer? Or is there a mistake done in the first ultrasound that did not find the solid features of the cyst? And why would a gynecologist think that they can decide what is important to tell me and what isn't? How could he think that it would be unimportant to tell me i had a cyst? By the way that previous surgery was due to a radical hysterectomy from cervical cancer 12 years ago. The ovaries were left in. With so many symptoms that reflect ovarian cancer at this point what are the chances that it is not cancer?
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Can a simple ovarian cyst turn into a complex ovarian cyst almost 3x the size within a matter of 2 months?

Postby coinneach92 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:24 pm

Most ovarian cancers happen in women over the age of 50 - the risk increases for older women (BBC News)
About 25% of ovarian cancer deaths occur in women between 35 and 54 years of age. By the time ovarian cancer is diagnosed, it has usually spread beyond the ovaries. There are often no symptoms until late in the disease process. More than half of women who get ovarian cancer are diagnosed in the advanced stages of the disease. As with most cancers, the earlier the diagnosis is made, the better the chance for survival. (MedlinePlus)
Ovarian cancer is often fatal because it is usually advanced when diagnosed. Symptoms are usually absent in early stage and nonspecific in advanced stage. Evaluation usually includes ultrasonography, CT or MRI, and measurement of tumor markers (eg, cancer antigen 125). Diagnosis is by histologic analysis. Staging is surgical. Treatment requires hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, excision of as much involved tissue as possible, and, unless cancer is localized, chemotherapy.(Merck)
CA-125 test may be done to rule out the possibility of ovarian cancer.
Please note that I am not a medical professional. My answer contains basic information only. If you are concerned about your health, you should consult your doctor.
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Can a simple ovarian cyst turn into a complex ovarian cyst almost 3x the size within a matter of 2 months?

Postby beverlee » Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:29 pm

Who knows, I guess he thought getting those stones out were the 1st and best thing to do. I think he was hoping for the best on such a tiny cyst, and with all you have been though.
Immune system causing it to grow so fast? Well, it looks to me that your immune system was not the best way before this, so if it was gonna grow, it was gonna grow.
Chances are good it is NOT cancer. If it was, with your past health history, and blood work, they would have never took your stones out, if you had a any wierd bloodwork come back. So, I bet you're ok.
Just let them take the damn ovary already. You don't need it.
Feel better.
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