I had a large tumor on one ovary. Had a complete hysterectomy and removal of both ovaries. It was indicated that it was a borderline mucinous ovarian tumor, so they also removed my appendix and did biopsies. All the biopsies came back negative. Oncologist indicated I would need follow-up check every 3 months. What type of questions should I be asking my doctors?
It sounds like you are in good shape.
A mucinous borderline ovarian tumor is a slow growing malignancy that is usually cured by surgery. You have had an excellent surgery. With the removal of your uterus and other ovary, you do not need to worry about developing a new tumor on the other ovary. Many mucinous tumors come from the appendix so that was absolutely appropriate to have your appendix removed.
It is important to have your colon carefully evaluated with a colonoscopy if you have not already undergone that.
Beyond that, I would recommend that you ask for a copy of your operative procedure and pathology report. You should also find out if you had an elevated tumor marker such as a CA 125 or a CEA blood test. If you had an elevation in one of these tests, this can be used to follow you over the years.
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