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This conversation has come up several times in the last couple of months for me. If the general medical population thinks that once a lady has had a full hysterectomy that they can not get Ovarian Cancer, then we need to get the word out so that our friends can be proactive about this misconception. A friend shared this with me and I sharing with you.
Here is how it's possible to get ovarian cancer even after having your ovaries removed.
Total hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy procedure removes your cervix and uterus as well as both ovaries and fallopian tubes.
This makes ovarian cancer less likely to occur, but it does not remove all risk.
You still have a small risk of what's called primary peritoneal cancer, cancer which develops in the thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen, uterus, bladder and rectum
The cancer may result from ovarian cells that migrated to the peritoneal area (a thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen) during each menstrual cycle before your ovaries were removed.
These cells can become cancerous later on.
Alternatively, since the peritoneum and ovaries arise from the same tissues during when an embryo develops, it's possible that cancer could arise from the cells of the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Source: Mayo Clinic
I am sharing this with all of you to bring awareness that even women who have had a full hysterectomy can still get Ovarian Cancer. So when you Dr says there is no reason to do a pap and/or do a CA125, demand it for your peace of mind if you are experiencing any of the signs.
This is my story ... I was diagnosed in June of 2015 My primary dr was treating me for upper respiratory problems and thought I had reflux since January I had a bad cough , couldn't keep food down , loosing weight etc the beginning of June I went to the ER and had a CT scan they found a malignant tumor the size of an orange and my diagnosis " ovarian cancer Say what? I had a total hysterectomy in 2006 how is this possible?? A friend who just went through colon cancer told me to get a referral to Roswell Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY ( 3 hours from me) I got in that week they took all kinds of tumor marker blood tests and everything was negative except for perintoneal ( which symptoms are like ovarian) To make a long story short I had 4 chemo treatments , surgery( tumor shrunk significantly ) and 4 more treatments afterwards carboplantin snd taxol My ca 125 went from 700 something to 24 in February of 2016 I have blood tests every three months and was normal range for sixteen months thus past June my.ca 125 was 135 in march it was 2 ... so another Ct scan showed a small area on my liver drs recommended to go. Back on the chemo I had for six treatments I go every three weeks for five hours after the first tx My ca 125 was 74 blood work was drawn before my second tx down to 39 had my third tx today snd will get results in a few days we know what treats my cancer and I am glad I'm being followed every three months is there anyone out there that has experienced the same thing? My only advice to women is not to only have PAP smears that's what my gyn recommended after I had the hysterectomy ( I did have precancerous cells but supposedly it was confined to the uterus ) my surgeon asked me why I had Pap smears cause there is "nothing there". Duh boy did I feel foolish so if I can let women know who had a similar experience demand a ca 125 blood test the test itself can show high markers and nothing wrong but in my case it's a pretty good indicator ... I'm learning more about my body now and learning how to ask questions .. stay positive Have Faith and let others help God Bless
March 2016 starts the journey of what has been determined to be Ovarian Carcinoma