I have just had an ultrsound been told that I have two cysts (one complex) on my right ovary. The test also found a fibroid. My doctor is not concerned about the Fibroid (not sure why not?) but is concerned about the complex cyst. I'm having a CAT-scan next week. I also have severe bloating and gas which I have discoverd is a symptom of the cyst. What I'm curious about is how likely this cyst is to be benign with all this bloating? Also whether I should be pushing for a laparoscopy along with the CAT-scan or if the CAT-scan is enough to determine whether or not it is cancerous. Thanks. I'm just scared, 37 years old, have no cancer in my direct family, and still want to have kids! Thanks for all this information on the site. You women sound amazing and just reading makes me feel better.
Tascha will be along shortly to assure you that 99% of cysts are benign. The waiting is by far the hardest part. The unknown is always fearful, which is why so many of the people that visit this site find some solace from the information that is shared here. I'm sure you will find some comfort during your wait. There are many wonderful women here who have been thru what you are now going thru and who will no doubt offer some great words of wisdom as well as lots of well wishes and prayers. BTW my complex cyst was benign!!! Wishing you all the best.
Ummmmm ......... truly ..... someone will be here soon. It's just that they're all in bed! I don't know where you're from so you are too probably! It's 4.45 am in America on Friday 24 March whereas here in Oz, its 8.45 pm on Friday!! Seeya.
My complex cyst was also benign, of course you never know until it's removed. Mine did not resolve on it's own so I had it removed along with the ovary. Ovarian cancer is very rare, so your chances of having cancer is very low.
Good morning and welcome to the site. You must be in a different time zone and posted after I turned in for the night. 99% of ovarian cysts are BENIGN. I hope that eases some of your fears. Also, sometimes these cysts resolve on their own, however if they do not, they do need to be removed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Godspeed
Do you know if the US showed any fluid in the abdomen? My complex cycst was just found to be benign and the bloating could be from the fibroid. Fibroids are not really worrisome but can cause a lot of symptoms. Glad you found this site.
Complex cysts are different that fluid filled cysts. While fluid filled cysts are almost always benign, complex cysts (which are called that way because they appear to be both filled fluid and have a solid component) have a slightly higher chance to be cancerous.
My complex cyst was cancerous, I was diag as LMP borderline ovarian cancer at the age of 33.
A doctor never can be sure it's not cancer until it's taken out and sent to pathology.
Have you had any bloodwork done? A CA125 blood test is usually done if there is any concern that there might be ovarian cancer. It does not diagnosis ovarian cancer but depending on the result (normal is from 0 to 30 or 35) can help the dr determine appropriate action. If it's very high (over 100) it can be more suspicous for ovarian cancer. But it can be elevated with benign cysts and infections and other non cancerous conditions.
Your dr sounds like a great dr. He's being cautious, a CT scan will give him a better picture of everything.
Hi! Welcome to the cyst-erhood! There ARE wonderful women here, and you fit right in!
Yes, 99% of all cysts are benign. If the cyst is complex ( a mixture of fluid and solid) or solid (more than 50% contains solid parts) the chances of it being benign are still 85%. The odds are overwhelmingly in your favor. Did the doctor tell you how big the cyst is? What they will usually do is wait 4-6 weeks and then do another ultrasound. Many cysts (even complex ones) resolve on their own and no further steps are necessary. If the cyst persists or grows, they will usually do a laparascopy or laparotomy to take it out. We've discovered that every doctor here seems to have a slightly different method of dealing with them as far as the waiting time goes. It sounds like your doctor is definitely on the ball, though.
The bloating can occur from a cyst - malignant or benign. Whenever the ovary is disrupted by a cyst, it can set off a whole list of symptoms - gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, etc. Even the little cysts can cause havoc in our tummies! Welcome to our club - it's very gassy (I mean CLASSY)! :)
I too have just been told I have a complex cyst and a fibroid! Everyone here has been really supportive & informative. My Dr. has told me that 98% of these things resolve on their own and I'm having another ultrasound in a month. I too am having all those symptoms & my cyst is only 2 cm and my fibroid is .9 mm so...I know how you are feeling...I'm extremely anxious about the whole situation too!
Hang in there!
I had a complex cyst on my right ovary in 2003, and like you, I was scared to death. The ultrasound showed it to be dense and the size of a grapefruit. I ended up having to have a hysterectomy and it turned out to be a "mucous-producing cysteoadenoma - benign". My doctor said when she got in there it had basically "slimed" my insides. Not very appetizing, but it could have certainly been worse.
That mean old cyst had effectively destroyed any healthy ovarian tissue. The ovary was shot. I probably had the cyst for a long time. The other ovary had small fluid filled cysts too, but they just popped them and left it, as I was only in my teens. My doc was a HUGE believer in leaving in ovaries.
You gals are amazing! I just woke up (I'm a Canadian living in California), and found all this incredible feedback. Thanks so much. I'm not convinced my cysts are going away on their own (just from the reading I did on the net last night so now I think I'm an expert!!!) but I've had huge bloating and gas since January and it doesn't seem to be going away at all. Even if it is from the fibroid I'm not sure I could live with this as I look like I'm pregnant and I am a fart machine (OK Robin, "classy gassy gal"). I did some research about bloating last month and I had thought I had IBS, so I avoided going to the doctor. Finally a friend who had dermoids removed last year recommended I get it checked out professionally. I'm glad my (female) doc was cautious and made me do ultrasound. I will ask her to do a CA125. I'm not sure if I have fluid in my abdomen or what size it is but will ask. I'm curious if debdsk8gld, you can still get pregnant with just one ovary? And why would they remove the whole ovary and not just the cyst? All the best to LoLo. Thinking of you.
The actual statistic for malignant complex cysts runs along a date line from a low of 1-2% up to a high of 3-5%, with certain data indicative of a high up to 8%. It is a very complex 'grading' system.
So, what does that mean...that stating a cyst is complex is not a indication of cancer by any means. There are other descriptions of an ovarian mass, such as size, age, thickness of septations, solid components, growth to other tissues, and the like that make the statistics meaningful. The doctor would first need to run further tests, and then still perform surgery to determine if the cyst is malignant.
The bottom line is that I went into surgery in 2004 with a large complex mass with solid components and thick septations and growths to adjacent tissues that had "cancer written all over it"...and it was benign.
As for the fibroid, yes, its discovery is much ado about nothing. Fibroids are virtually never malignant, and mostly cause extra bleeding with the menstrual cycle; fibroids are very common at your age.
My CA125 before my cancer was removed was 66. After my first surgery (I only had the one bad ovary and tube removed (complex cyst had grown into tube)my CA125 bounced around but never got over 50. A year and half after that surgery I had a TAH and my CA125 has been below 10 since although i have not had the blood test recently.
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