My 24 year sister received the diagnosis of polycystic ovaries at least 4 years ago and her primary symptoms were those of a person with metabilic syndrome. We were never sure which came first (the chicken or the egg) but my husband and I knew that part of her problem was emotional (depression.)
Now "Carol" as I will call her, has an tumor the size of an egg on he ovary and this was discovered on an ultrasound after a routine Gyn check-up revealed a mass. The tumor supposedly is 3' x5", segmented, fluid filled, mobile and has vasculature. Based on this information a surgeon was asked to consult and the surgeon and an oncologist both agree that the ovary will probably have to come out, even if the OR pathology tests do not confirm malignancy.
These are all female doctors in a large and lucrative practice and I cannot seem to impress upon my family the need for a second opinion. I suspect the urgency of removal of the ovary because they scheduled the surgery more than 4 weeks out from the decision to do it. I also would think that a young woman with her specific diagnosis probably has a large cyst. Why take the ovary until they are certain it harbours cancer cells?
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