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Ovarian Cancer ?

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  • Posted By: topdog
  • September 27, 2007
  • 03:31 AM

I am 59 yr. old female with family history of cancer mother uterine cancer, father prostate. I was diagnosed 4 months ago with microscopic hematuria, had an ultrasound of bladder and a cystoscopy at a major hospital--all of which showed no evidence of bladder cancer. Since then, I have noticed rapid girth gain and recently major upper and lower abdominal swelling. I have no pain, no palpable masses, no uterine bleeding. I have no appetite and have insomnia and anxiety. I had a CA 125 one year ago that proved normal <5 and a vaginal ultrasound to check for ovarian cancer that proved unremarkable. I have regular colonoscopies every 3 years, annual pap smears and mammograms,and blood profiles. I am postmenopausal and experience dyspenuria for several years. I am currently under an extreme amount of emotional stress--could this be the reason for the abdominal swelling? How fast can Ovarian Cancer grow to present ascites? I have an appointment with my OBGYN in 10 days--should I rush it or will 10 days make no difference?

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  • Has your doctor done a CT scan? Pseudomyxoma peritonei (also called Jelly Belly) can make your abdomen swell like you're pregnant. Colonoscopies, ultrasounds, pap smears don't detect it. Ask for a CEA blood test. Though sometimes tumor markers don't show anything either. Check out pmpawareness.org for more info.
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    • December 7, 2007
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