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Wait time for surgery

What is the acceptable wait time between identification of ovarian cancer through a CT scan, supported by elevated CA125 levels, and confirmation by surgery/beginning of treatment?
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238582 tn?1365214234
I suppose u mean time between surgery and chemo. It is about 2-4wks, I would think the sooner the better, but u just need to recover a bit before chemo.  I had sugery for 6hrs stage3C, beging IV chemo in 7 days and IP chemo in 4wks.  Hope it help a bit.

Peace and Love

jun
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No. I mean time between a CT scan which my doctor said almost definitely showed ovarian cancer and surgery to make the definitive diagnosis and remove the mass.
238582 tn?1365214234
Then the sooner the better, U really need to push, I have it done in 2wks to get it OVER. Meanwhile u need to get yourself mentally prepared for the surgery, so it will make your life a little easier later whatever the result is going to be.  I was hoping for the best (just a begnine cyst) and preparing for the worst (malignent which I was).  
Please update us after surgery!

Best wish

jun
349465 tn?1289085364
Within 2 days I was in surgery after my initial diagnosis.  My diagnosis was done by vaginal untrasound and CA125.  I don't think the CA125 came back before my surgery. I, like many others was told before the hysterectomy that I had cancer.  Sometimes, there is no question in the doctors minds.
Teresa
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Less than 3weeks after ultra sound, had surgery, sooner the better was told before, cycsts ruptured, Two weeks later straight into chemo.wasn't prepared for the worst. My surgery was supposed to be just day surgery, to biopsy to see what was going on. Once onc was in he found the cancer. I think he was as surprised as i was. Do Prepare your self for the worst outcome, but try to hope for the best if possible. You  are strong and have a host of friends here, don't forget it.
349465 tn?1289085364
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Teresa
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I live in England where if anyone is thought to have cancer they have to be seen by a consultant within 2 weeks-I was in pain -had blood test in first week -ultrasound scan in second saw consultant beginning of third week of feeling dreadful-left work at 2 pm saw consultant at 3pm admitted to ward at 4pm operation at 10 am next day -this was at a cancer centre and they said there was a slot due to someone cancelling-it was a great relief and 5 weeks later I started chemo -every 3to 4 weeks for 5 months -am well at present -go back every 3 months and inbetween if worried .
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I had ultrasound Nov 10, CT scan Nov 21. Saw my doctor Nov 26 when she said I should see the oncologist within 7 days and would have the surgery within 2 weeks. That was wishful thinking because I still don't have an appointment with the oncologist, never mind the surgery. Hopefully I will get a phone call tomorrow.
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I was DX with cancer that had spread to the surface of my liver and they sent me home to wait for a date for surgery.Two weeks later I went to the hospital to drain the astices cause i was very bloated I was told that was not possible cause I was full of tumors and they could not get the needle in.Once again they sent me home.I was operated a week later.
I live in Quebec Canada and that is our medicare here.
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I'm in Alberta.  I now have an appointment on Dec 18 for a consultation with the gyn-oncologist, so don't have much hope for surgery before Christmas. Fron everything I've read, time is of the essence for ovarian cancer, and I don't know how I'm going to get through the next few weeks. Suggestions, anyone?
414018 tn?1268615272
Hi tilly232,
Sorry to hear about everything you are going through especially at christmas. Okay so it is good you have an appt with a gyno-oncologist so that is a positive step forward. Do you have private health insurance? I know for me in Australia most of my surgery is every year in the first two weeks of January so i understand the feelings of worry, but please try not to stress you are in good hands, as stress is the worst thing for you. I know its easier said then done but just try to keep busy, I walk every morning, I have just taken up painting and I do yoga too. I would just push for the first available appointment possible, I know my gyno-oncoligist actually was going to operate on me over christmas if it was needed so who knows you may actually be having surgery before the new year.

Best of luck,
Let us know how you go.
x x x Mel
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it all  depends   I had surgery 3 days after diagnosis and don't think I could have waited longer.  I was 3 B  and thne 10 days later ports put in than 2 weeks started chemo   good luck
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It appears as though everyone has had a different experience. I told my doc that I suspected ovca, she reluctantly did a transvaginal US and said it was only a cyst. A few days later, my ovary ruptured. When the path report came in she asked me how I knew. That was more than 18 years ago, I still don't have an answer for her.
I would think surgery would be done asap after diagnosis.
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