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I am a 52 year old mother of four  & my abdomen started to bloat last dec 9 this year so i went to my ob-gyne for my check-up and the result was normal, but i felt my abdomen  kept on growing so i went to an internal med doc on dec 12 who found nothing abnormal, however my abdomen is growing bigger as if i am 8 mo. pregnant so that i came back to see my internal med doc who requested for a whole stomach u/s and all results are normal, however he conducted parentesitis and had a 50 ml fluid removed from my abdomen, the result was "malignant ascites and ovarian malignancy suspected" and i was referred to another ob-gyne who ordered ca-125 that have a reading of 2,580  i have been told by my doc that i have ovarian cancer, she will refer me to a oncologist this coming january 3, 2012 yet, i can already feel pain in my lower back, do you have any idea at what stage my OVCA is now?
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187666 tn?1331173345
I'm glad you kept going back, pressed for answers. I'm glad they're getting you in very soon. As for staging, I don't know. They don't know at this point until they get in there and look around. I'm sorry the beast has touched your life. Please keep us posted, let us know what the oncologist has to say. There's a wealth of information on this forum and a lot of encouragement. It's always a good place to come to vent if needed as well.
107366 tn?1305680375
I agree with Irene...so glad you kept pushing for answers! She is also correct in that you cannot tell the stage or even the type of OvCa until the surgeon removes it for biopsy.  Back pain doesn't really indicate anything other than there is something there that shouldn't be, and it is probably leaning against a nerve causing your pain.  Even benign ovarian masses will do that.  In the United States, doctors usually do surgery before chemotherapy, but in other countries like the UK, they often do chemo first.  It will more than likely be determined by how far the cancer has spread.  

If you can, take someone with you when you go get your results.  It is a lot to hear at one time, and it's possible you may miss something the doctor tells you.  A friend or family member can help dissect the information you receive so you can remember it better.  

Best wishes to you, and please let us know how things go.  

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Its impossible to know stage before they get in there.  Thank you for being persistent, and listening to your body.  Please keep me posted.  Im very familiar with this disease and will help in any way I can.  take care
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You are definitely in a scary place right now;  not knowing what is going on and not yet able to know what comes next is not easy.
Like the others said, staging isn't possible until biopsies are sent to pathology during your surgical procedure.  It is so important you have a gyn/oncologist perform your surgery.....this is their area of expertise.  
It would be nice if one of us old timers lived near you , but, we are only a keyboard and a little while away.
Hang in there.....the third will get here quickly.
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Thank you very much for all your answers, God bless us all ! !
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i have just finished my ct-scan for the whole abdomen with contrast as ordered by my oncologist and waiting for the result tomorrow afternoon.
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how did you make out? been thinking about you
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Can I ask about the bloating? Did you ever bloat real bad and then go back down, or did the bloating stay and never lessen?  I always heard of the stomach bloating to make you look like your pregnant, but wondered if it ever went back and forth,(mine does that a lot) or just keeps getting worse.  Wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you.  THX
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i had the same thing happen, its horrible, you feel it but the doctor just doesnt think there is anything wrong!  i went to a fantastic oncologist at UCSD, named Dr Andrew Lowy.  Had surgery, am doing great, and am cancer free!  with u the best of luck, and any questions, just ask!
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