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Large ovarian cyst

I have been to my OB today. Two weeks ago during the initial visit she felt what she thought was an enlarged uterus.I went for my ultra sound today and it is not an elarged uterus after all.It is a cyst on my ovary that is 10cm in size and also has a septum. She said this could be the early stages of ovary cancer.She sent me for my blood work and I had a CA125 done. The lining of my uterus is also quite thick.She said it should be a 10 but mine is a 14.She will be doing a biopsy of the uterus next week also. Now I am terrified with the thought of having ovarian cancer. How large is 10 cm exactly and how bad is a cysts that has a septum?? I am worried out of my mind now!!
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Did she say ten centimeters or ten millimeters?  If ten centimeters, it sounds about as big as an orange.  A friend of mine had a cyst removed that was as big as a canteloupe, if you can imagine, and it was NOT cancerous; it just grew, for whatever reason.  As far as whether or not a septum in such a cyst is worse than just having a cyst, well, I'd google the question, ovarian+cyst and septum, and see what's out there.  Good luck!
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most cysts are 99% benign. A very simple procedure called a lap will be done to remove it.  Your lucky to have a doctor who has that thought in her head about ovarian Cancer because most Gyno just do the whole watch and wait and that is what i have done for almost a year now and mine did start out as 10cm as well.  It could be an endometrioma cyst, dermoid cyst, fibroids, etc... First thing to do is breathe!!!  Dont panic and be lucky you have a doctor who seems to be doing all the right things.. How old are you?
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Sorry, I always forget my age when I post. I am 36 years old,have three children and have had my tubes tied,so I don't need whats in there anymore. But the first thing she suggested was a hysterectomy.She said the size of the incision she would have to make to remove the cyst is the same size she would make for a hysterectomy due to the size of the cyst. I believe I am gonna opt for the hyst. I am adopted and I have no clue as to what my medical history is. Better to be safe than sorry I guess?
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Hi there,
First of all, it upsets me that your dr. would jump to that conclusion and even voice that concern to you this early in the game.
I had an 11 cm cyst on one ovary and a 8 cm cyst on the other...both were endometriomas and were completely removed with a laparoscopy. Many other doctors would have cut me open for a laparotomy, which is the same cut used for a C-section but, thank God, I found a doctor willing to do whatever he could to keep that from happening and he did. Because of the endometriomas, we knew he would find endometriosis in me and he did; it was very severe.
There are many different types of cysts and, from being in this situation for over a year now, they are all fairly common. I would DEFINITELY get a second opinion if I were you. A friend of mine's dr. told her to get a hysterectomy (and she still wanted children) because the dr. was sure there was something wrong with her uterus...there wasn't, it was perfect but now it's gone.
I don't want to scare you but finding a good doctor is so incredibly important.
I wish you the best.
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I had an 11cm cyst on my left ovary earlier this year.  As the previous posters indicated, it seems too early for the doc to jump to the conclusion of ovarian cancer.  It sounds a bit alarmist to me.

My 11cm cyst was just that - a cyst.  Because of my exensive history with "female issues", I ended up having a hysterectomy with ovary removal.  (I also had two prior surgeries for dermoid tumors on the ovaries (noncancerous), as well as severe endometriosis).

I understand your concern, as I have been there -- 3 times.  My growths were septated, had blood flow, had solid components, and were considered complex.  But, never cancer. Yes, it can be frightening, but, as my doctor said, the chances of a cyst being cancer are very small.  Once they go in to remove it, you'll know.

I know it's easy for me to say -- but, I have learned (finally) not to worry until you have more information.  Excessive worry takes up too much energy, and saps you.  Try to stay positive -- you are in my thoughts and prayers.  Good luck to you.
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One more thing.  I agree with getting a 2nd opinion.

I would say not to get a hysterectomy unless your have bad symptoms, or unless it's really necessary.

Your ovaries produce hormones that help to keep your body in balance.  You would be amazed at how many parts of your body are impacted by estrogen (I have discovered how many parts of my body have been impacted by having my ovaries removed due to severe female issues).

Also, something else to consider -- your uterus and cervix provide support for other abdominal organs (i.e., your bladder, your intestines).  If your uterus/cervix are removed, everything else will likely move, too.  Since mine came out, I have pressure in the vaginal area, and less support for my bladder.  It's not the worst thing, but it is inconvenient.

Consider a 2nd opinion. See another gynecologist --  And, consider finding a talented surgeon who does these types of surgeries laparascopically.  From what I understand, a really good laparascopic surgeon can remove just about anything laparascopically (even if it is big).  They have ways.  Laparascopic surgery will mean less of an incision, less pain post-surgery, and less recovery time.  It is possible that your doc is suggesting the abdominal surgery since she, herself, is not experienced with laparascopic techniques.  You can be referred to someone who is.
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HI there,
I agree with all the above. I was told just this week that Ii have 11cm cyst,
i am 60 yr old, and not sure what if any a difference in the age has to weather it is possible to have cancer . I feel great! did"t even know i had such cyst in me. I am getting a second opnion also, just so i am fully understading.what Dr. say now days. I hope and keep you in our prays.
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Hi, I belong to other communities in this web site....but I had a question that I thought would be appropriate for this forum.  My husband and I have been ttc, I recently found that I have not been ovulating.  My progesterone levels at 21 days are less than 1.0.  So, my doctor ordered some blood work (beta, lh, prolactin) and that all came back normal.  Today I had an ultra sound (including a transvaginal) and they saw a big cysct.  To me, it looked as big as my bladder.  (i don't know if that's possible, but that's what it looked like to me).  I don't have a history of ovarian cancer or breast cancer in my family.  What is considered large?  The tech wouldn't tell me anything except that it was a very large cysct.  She said the doctor would call me.  It looked like a big black spot and when she did the blood flow, it had some in/on and around it.  I'm just a little freaked out and surprised.  Can anyone enlighten me?  Thank you.
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I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia/myofascia pain syndrom (syndrome) and suffered with severe pain in my lower left side just under where the ribs end.  With no health coverage I was unable to afford to get this checked out.  The health department was unable to assist as they only deal with non specialty issues.  When I finally got my disability I was given Medicaid Share of Cost.  My disability check is $ 1013 and my share of cost was $813 so if my medical treatment/appointment was not at least $813 I had to pay it out of pocket.  Not easy when your mortgage alone is $540, add utilities, food, gas etc and I am sure you get the picture.  The great part is they backed up my date of disability and I will qualify for Medicare In March 2012 and life will change dramatically for me.  After I got the Medicaid I had various test done and found I had a huge ulcer, 4 pollups, a hernia,and cysts on my ovaries that were so large the ovaries were not able to even be seen.  The left one had grown across my back and had begun to attach itself to my bladder.  Medicaid gave me the name of a what turrned out to be a great OB/GYN surgeon. He did surgery with a robot and I have 5 less than one half inch incisions and he was able to remove my ovaries, cevix and uterus through my vagina.  I stayed overnight at the hospital and was released and all is great.  It is almost like I got a tummy tuck too.  My stomach is so much smaller.  Best wishes and luck to all of you still suffering and in limbo.  Bless you all.
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I have fibromyalgia also.   I just found out i have a solid mass about 4.5 cm on my right overy.  Did you feel better after the surgury as far as the being tired and sick feeling all the time? How did you get disability for your fibromyalgia?
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So I stopped my birth control completely about 8 months ago. I already have a past with Pelvic Inflamatory Infection when I was very young and have had perfect PAPs since. I have had a horrible past with my ovaries and horrible doctors to top that. I was told at 20 that if I didn't get prego by 25 that I would loose my chance to ever be a mother. Well my 26th birthday was this past summer and boy did that scary me. I stopped my birth control and at first my periods were regular, but then they go more painful, then longer. Last month my horrible period lasted 11 days!!! Then a week later I spotted one day. Then nothing for a week. Then I spotted more for 24 hours. Then nothing for a week. Then I spotted again for 24 hours then nothing again. Then just 2 days ago I finally started really bleeding. All this time though I have had boy aches and fever and back and pelvic pain. So much pain that I get nauseas. Yesterday I went into the fertility clinic for a baseline ultrasound, just to find out that I have a large orange size cyste on my good ovary!!! But was sent home. And just told the fears that could happen. The pain is now worse and I am praying that my radiology consult goes through for today. Otherwise I have to go to the ER. But I am curious. Could this be why we haven't been able to get prego? Could this be why my last periods have been so horribe? Were they large cycts that were popped during sex? Will this ever stop? Anyone please advice.

Thanks you,

Mrs. C
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