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INDURATION

Have any of you ladies had a diagnosis of "induration"?
I have cancer in my pelvic lymph nodes, where my right thigh meets the pelvis.

Now I have a swollen reddish  pubic bone  area with hardened areas, and elevated lines like blood vessels, but they're not.
My oncologist said it's induration, and we have to watch for ulcers, or splitting skin. I'm using Eucerin moisturizer, or Vaseline to keep it moist.

I'm going batty with this horrible disease, I hope someone who has had something similar found a helpful cure.
Thanks,
Jane
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Hi Jane,
Induration is hardening of tissue, particularly the skin due to oedema, inflammation or infiltration by a neoplasm (cancer). This happens with lympoedema. The hardening of the skin is to protect the ends of the lymph vessles which lie just below the surface of the skin. You may get some help from a lymphoedema clinic on how to manage your symptoms and protect your legs/groin.
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Hi Sue,
Thanks for your reply, what you described is exactly what I have.

Yesterday I saw the dermatologist my oncologist referred me to, she took a biopsy and I'll have the results on Monday, also the results of the CA125.

The dermatologist said it doesn't look like an infection, but rather is related to the lymphedema and the cancer in the lymph nodes.

My oncologist feels the lymphedema will be resolved through chemo. and doesn't feel that lymphedema treatments are necessary. The dermatologist agreed with him.

I did have a few massage decongesting treatments and wrapping of the leg. I couldn't stand the wrapping and had to remove it after less than a day each time. It was torture and too confining.

Thanks again, I hope you're feeling well.
Jane
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Hi Jane,

I'm sorry you are having a difficult time.  I hope I don't seem rude asking about your situation.

It is almost 2 years since I had surgery.  My CA-125 never reached a normal level but my CT scans continue to be negative. I only required taking the 6 cycle treatment and a repeat PET scan revealed that suspected metastisis in my chest and abdomen were gone. My CA-125 will not be repeated until August.  

You are the first person I have read who has talked about the pubic bone and groin.  I have never been totally free of groin pain or pubic bone discomfort mostly on the right side.  The tumor on my right side was the size of a small orange.  I also had a lot of endometriosis and they did a lot of scraping.  I keep trying to figure out if the size of the tumor had stretched the bone area near the groin or did they scrape the bone and it will just always hurt.  I can't help but think that some cells had invaded my pubic bone and they just haven't shown their ugly face yet.  Did you have pain in that area before you found out it was in your pelvic nodes?
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You aren't being rude at all, this is how we learn from each other. Please don't ever hesitate to ask any questions.

You're asking if you may have bone cancer and my oncologist had told me that OVCA does not migrate into the bones.
My pain is in the skin, and the pelvic lymph nodes. I mentioned the pelvic bone to give everyone an idea where the "infuration" is.

It's wonderful that your scans are clear, and negative, I know that some ladies never have a CA under 35 which is considered normal.

For me, the CA has been a good marker of disease progression for 3 years, so my oncologist uses hat as well as CT scans to see how my cancer is doing.

You may have adhesions where they removed the cancer, and that may be pulling and giving you discomfort.

My tumor was cocoanut size when I ad my surgery, funny how it's alway referred to as a fruit or vegetable to describe the size.

Take care and if I can help with anything else, ask.
Jane
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so sad you are having a teribble time right now...i pray you will feel better quicker then ever...fr a grateful chat friend gabby55
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jane i just read the other notes i am so sorry you are not feeling well at this time, i also can feel your upset...i pray that the oncologist will come up with a form of treatment that will work for you...in my thought and prayers ....keep looking ahead fr a grateful gabby55
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Hi Jane...
I read with great interest, this post you've written as it sounds like something I'm dealing with as well. I seem to have a small, red, hard lump in my groin area, right where my thigh meets my pelvis (where the legs bends). It's actually popping through an old incision from my first laparotomy five years ago. The scar is small, from where my drainage tube was placed. I tried to drain the lump myself with a sterilized needle but nothing came out. The oncologist I saw said it looked very cystic in nature, but I'm not convinced. It's too hard to be a cyst and knowing that I had something similar growing out from my belly button last year (they removed it during my surgery) I'm thinking it's more likely to be a tumor.
Keep me up to date with your situation when you can...good luck to you :)
Becky xx
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Hi Becky,
It does sound like what I'm dealing with, is your cancer in your lymph nodes now?

I'll let you know if there's anything new with my induration. Why don't you ask your oncologist if that could possibly be what you have.

My dermatologist who did the biopsy said what I'm seeing outside, is the same as what's going on inside the area, tumors. The CT scan I had last month didn't pick them up because they were too small. and it doesn't show what's on the skin.
Jane
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