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Diagnosed with stage 1C ovarian cancer at age 31

Diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer at age 43I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in August 2005 during a laporotomy to remove a large cyst on my left ovary. The cyst was discovered by transvaginal ultrasound performed in connection with diagnosing fertility problems. I had a number of diagnostic tests that were abnormal; however, we thought that was due to the endometriosis (cyst), and probably not cancer. While in surgery, my reproductive endocrinologist sent samples to the pathology lab and we were all shocked to learn of the cancer. I was 31 years old.

A second surgery performed one week later staged my cancer at Ic. As soon as I learned of the symptoms of ovarian cancer I knew I should have known. I was bloated but my abdomen was hard (I looked about 4 months pregnant), I was urinating nearly every hour. These symptoms developed over time, in fact, I can see the swollen abdomen slightly in my wedding photos taken a year before diagnosis.

I was under an internal medicine gp's care and had routine pelvic exams for years without being told of any indication something was wrong. I underwent one cycle of chemotherapy and remain cancer free. In November, we welcomed our first child. My son was born after waiting as a frozen embryo for over one year while I underwent the chemotherapy and my body recovered from it.

Diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer at age 27

Diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer at age 27I was 27 when I was diagnosed with Stage III Ovarian Cancer in November 1995. At the time of diagnosis, I had symptoms I but I didn’t know that they were associated with ovarian cancer—abdominal pain, lower pack pain, loss of appetite, hardening of my stomach and abdomen area, and the feeling that I needed to urinate increased.

I went to a family doctor who had a CT-scan done because they knew 'whatever was in me needed to come out.'—they just didn’t know what was in me. Based on those results they said I should go see my ob/gyn as well as an gynecologic oncologist surgeon. My sister (who’s a doctor) said to by-pass the ob/gyn and head right to the gynecologic oncologist surgeon (which is what I did). I continued to work with my gynecologic oncologist surgeon for my chemo and 2nd look surgery and continue to see him for my check-ups.

Fortunately, it has been ten years, and I have had no cancer recurrence.

CA125 level of 2274 at age 53

CA 125 level of 2274 at age 53In November of 2005, I went for my annual gynecologic exam at which time I told my doctor that I had lower back pain, fatigue, and unexplained weight gain. After my exam, she told me that my ovaries were fine.

Seven weeks later, on New Year’s Eve, I was shopping when I had intense abdominal pain. The pain was so intense that I doubled over. It passed after a few minutes, but I had a second occurrence of the pain about five days later. I went to my regular doctor who told me that I needed to go for a CT scan because he thought that I had either ovarian or colon cancer and that I should make an appointment with my gynecologist. I had the CT scan a few days later and when I brought it to my gynecologist I was told that I had large dermoid cysts, even though I learned later that the radiology report suggested it was cancer. The doctor ordered additional diagnostic tests.

When the doctor called me with my results, he told me that he did not believe it was cancer, but rather my ovaries were just a bit off, but he did say that I would need an oncologist on call during the surgery. I immediately sent my tests to a cancer research center for a second opinion and the following week I met with a gynecologic oncologist who told me that I had ovarian cancer until proven otherwise. My operation was on 2/7/06 and I was diagnosed with stage IIIb ovarian cancer. I was 53 at the time of my diagnosis. I have not had a recurrence and have been monitored with the CA125 test which was down to seven following my chemotherapy. I am currently enrolled in a clinical trial.