Personal stories about having surgery to prevent ovarian cancer
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Sandra, age 35: I am from one of those
families with lots of cancer-including ovarian cancer-in parents, aunts, and
cousins. It was a hard decision to have my ovaries removed, but it was logical
for me. I did a lot of research before I made the decision, and now I just feel
Treatment of recurrentovarian epithelial cancer may include the following:
Chemotherapy using one or more anticancer drugs, with or without surgery.
A clinical trial of surgery.
A clinical trial of biologic therapy alone or combined with anticancer drugs.
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Keiko, age 40: I had my ovaries removed last
year because I have a very strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer.
I wish I had thought more ahead of time about what can happen when your ovaries
are gone. I went into menopause at age 40 and have had a pretty miserable time
of it. I seem to have all the worst symptoms of menopause: hot flashes, mood
changes, night sweats, and loss of sex drive.
Dee, age 28: I have a couple of relatives with
breast or ovarian cancer, but I'm not going to have my ovaries removed. Surgery
seems like too drastic a step. I would rather take my chances and hope that
cancer is not in the cards for me. I know some people couldn't live with the
"threat" of cancer hanging over them, but I'm OK with it.
Amaia, age 31: I have had genetic testing and
am BRCA positive, so my risk for ovarian cancer is very high. I had my ovaries
removed because I want to do everything I can possibly do to keep from getting
the cancer that runs in my family.
Salma, age 27: My grandmother died of ovarian
cancer, and I have a cousin who was just diagnosed with breast cancer. I
thought that meant that I was definitely going to get one or both cancers. But
I talked to my doctor and found out it's not a definite thing. I don't want to
have my ovaries removed, but I am going to have regular checkups and testing.
And I have started to take birth control pills too.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 15, 2009
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