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Solid mass/cyst in ovary

I had a pelvic ultrasound last week because I've been having pelvic pain on the left side and some spotting. They found a corpus luteum cyst in the left ovary and a solid mass in the right ovary. The mass is 1.5 cm. The doctor says it most looks like a blood-filled endometrioma, but it could also be cancer. I'm 36 years old.

It was unexpected to find something in the right ovary, because all my pain has been on the left. They had me do the CA-125 blood test, but the results aren't back yet. I expect to get those tomorrow or Friday. I know it's not a fool-proof test, as apparently any inflammation or something like endometriosis can also cause it to be high. My gyn is inclined to wait a month and recheck it to see if it goes away on its own (her opinion might change with the CA-125 results). I have an appointment on Monday with an oncology gynecologist for another opinion.

I am TERRIFIED of it being ovarian cancer. I know three people connected to work who have had ovarian cancer (one died in her 40s, one has a really bad prognosis, one seems to have beaten it), and so I know how deadly it is. The doctor said statistically my risk is low, but that's no guarantee. I know there's no way to know without having surgery and a biopsy, but I'm dreading the waiting and worrying. I have quite severe anxiety disorder and health anxiety, so I'm a basket case. I've barely been able to sleep or eat the past few days, even with taking a Klonopin. I'm exhausted. I guess I'm just looking for some support and good thoughts and advice.
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Welcome to the site.  Let me reassure you by letting you know that 99% of ovarian cysts are BENIGN!!  Since you are premenopausal the ca125 is really not a reliable test.  Believe me, others who are more knowledgable will also tell you this.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  Godspeed
~Tascha
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Welcome to the watch and wait phase~  Sorry you have to be here but you have come to the right place.  You will get wisdom guidance and support from these women.  I am at the end of the watch and wait with surgery scheduled for March 21.  Complex cysts on both ovaries and a complex masses on both.  Like most of the rest here, I have had bad and good days when it comes to worry and anxiety (which is when Tascha reminds me that 99% of all cysts are benign...:-)  I saw a gyn/onc today for a seond opinion.  Maybe what he told me will help you.  He feels that it is a low liklihood of cancer and probalby endometrioma (each one is about 2 cm) but also says you cannot know for 100% sure until you go in.  He did tell me that complex masses do not resolve themself.  Complex cysts sometimes do but not complex mass.  Now, that does not mean they are cancer - there are lots of other things it could be - but they won't know without taking a look.
Try to stay calm.  You will survive the watch and wait.  Keep busy, live your life and the time will go by.  Reach out here when you need support as you will get it for sure. I will add you to my prayer list.  Is there a name you would like to go by? God Bless~
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To give you some hope, I had a large cyst with a solid mass in it and it went away on its own.  My story is long so I won't bore you with the details but we are here to help you thru the wait and see time.
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Thank you all for your comments! I appreciate it SO much, that you'd take the time out of your own lives and problems to think about my problem. It really does help to hear from those who understand what I'm going through.

DebiR, I would appreciate any good vibes and prayers you'd like to send my way. You can call me Cass. :-)

What is the difference between a cyst and a mass? And for that matter, what is the difference between a complex cyst and a simple cyst? My gyn has just been calling it a cyst. I have to limit my research on the Internet, because of my health anxiety -- all the bad things I run across makes my anxiety worse, since I can only focus on the worst possibilities.
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I can't research too much either 'cause then I think I have everything!!!  A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.  You have found a good place here.  You will get the comfort and advice that you need.  We all have been there one way or another and that is why we want to share what we know.  Godspeed
~Tascha
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Cyst is  a fluid filled sac.  A mass is something growing where it should not be and can be fluid, solid, mixed-its just a term.  In this case it tells you the difference between the cyst they see and the solid area they see.
A complex is more worrisome because it contains things other than just fluid. They tend not to go away very quick, sometimes form walls(sepatations), hold debris(junk, floaters, blood), or sometimes their size calls them complex.  A simple cyst usually goes away on its own and has fluid only in it.
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Cass I think you are wise to limit your research at this point if you know it will add to your anxiety.  I am already a cancer survivor (thyroid) and I can tell you from experience that too much knowledge out of context can be dangerous and harm your progress mentally and physically.  If you are going to do research do it on meditation, relaxation, etc.   Those things will be most helpful to you right now.  Many of your questions can be asnwered here and what they don't know they can point you in the direction.  

So you are now on my 4am prayer list. I will pray for a peaceful heart. Deb
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I wanted to post an update. My CA-125 test results were normal, so that's a huge relief! It was 17.9, and I guess below 35 is considered normal. It's not a complete "whew!" since the test does seem to be imprecise, but it certainly makes me feel better about things.

I still have an appt. with an oncologist gynecologist on Monday to get another opinion on how best to proceed.
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Just a couple of days ago I had an ultrasound and the doctor said I have a fibroid on the left ovary and a "mass" on the right.  He has recommended me to a Oncologist gynecologist.  I am anxious because I am postmenopausal and was wondering if you have any words of wisdom.  I don't understand what will happen next.  My doctor he will recommend to the Onologist a CT scan. Why?  What will this tell them that the ultrasound did not. I am confused and scared.
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Iam 27 and just left the hospital last night  I went in 3week's ago with lower stomach pain they found out that I had an olser,and an collin infection ,and a very small ovarin cysts .So they said not to worry about that and just sent me home with meds just to take care of the other stuff  well yesterday I had to go back for the same pain just worres now they said it grew now it is 1.5 cm well this is the 3rd one I have had 2 of wich had cancer cells not cancer but just the cells it was caught in time thank god and 1 was benine so I am scared beyound beleaf  and this one is a sold mass againe what should I do ?
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1.5 cm is incredibly small and could be a hemmorhagic cyst as well as an endometrial cyst. Considering it's size and the fact that your ca-125 is low, if your doc is suggesting waiting a month or two then re-scanning, it's my opinion that would be ok.
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I am exactly where you are.... watch and wait!  I'm 39 and have a solid mass on one ovary (3.2cm) and a complex mass on the other (1.2cm)  They did no do a ca125 because it won't be valid for me.  My Laproscopic surgery is scheduled for Feb.20.  I am scared out of my mind and I to have an anxiety disorder.  In a word, this stinks!  To add to that, You have to wait so long after for the results.  This is awful!  I swear the only way I can sleep is after having lots-o-wine!

-Renee
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Please do not comment on very old posts.  It does much better if you create your own and I encourage you to do so on our ovarian cyst forum where we have lots of ladies who can share their experience and advice with you.
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A related discussion, Solid cyst was started.
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Im 18 and i was dignosed with ovarian cyst since i was 13 i have gone thru sergery (surgery) but i was resently dignosed with a solid cyst and its been the most painful one i can berly walk and the pain is really savear
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