I am 45--3 children active and overall healthy-, no meds. small dermoid removed at 22. (no symptoms.)
Recently noticed my stomach seemed bigger--thought my body might be changing with age--no signs of menopause.
Friend's recently ovca diagnosis prompted me to go to my fam doctor. Had abd. and pelvic ultrasounds. Referred to my gyn with results. Gyn. said I had an 8 cm. dermoid tumo, ran more blood tests for signs of cancer. Dr. had another sonogram gyn look at sonogram for opinion. Blood test were all good. 2nd ultrasound Dr. . said looked like "classic dermoid". I am also anemic.
Dr. says anemia is from heavy periods and wants to wait to remove tumor until my blood count is up. (taking iron supplements.) Surgery is scheduled for Nov.
Paternal grandmother died of ovarian/cervical cancer at age 84. My father survived prostate cancer at age 65.
Ultrasound report: In the right adnexum, are two abnormal appearing structures. The larger more cystic appearing measures 5.2 x3.0 x 3.5cm in size, and the smaller measures 3.3 x1.9 x 2.2 cm in size. This appears more echogenic, and they are closely related with each other. The appearance overall is suspicious for a complex dermoid tumor with a partial cystic componient.
Four small intramural masses in the posterior myometrium, compatible with leiomyomas.
Abdominal Ultrasound: There is a 1.5 cm hepatic cyst and a 1.0 cm. simple right renal cyst. Oherwise normal abdominal ultrasound.
1. I had my annual pap and pelvic exam six months before. Wouldn't my gyn have felt the tumor then?
2. Although my periods are heavy (four days--two heavy wtih clotting), they haven't really changed at all in 15 years . Is it possible that the tumor is causing the anemia instead of heavy periods?