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I tested positive for a genetic variant of the MSH2 Gene, Lynch Syndrome. My Aunt died of Colon Cancer, My Grandfarther had 4 siblings that had colon cancer and I have a 2nd cousin diagnosed at 50 with colon cancer. We also have other types of cancers.

By Anonymous December 12, 2011 - 9:32am
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I recently had a double masctectomy for lobular invasive cancer. I also have relatives in the same family line that have had more than one type of cancer to deal with. We have had Melanoma (2 cases), Hodgkins (1 case), Thyroid Cancer (1 case and also had 2 blood cancers), Basel Skin Cancer (1 Case), Prostate (1 Case and also had Multiple Myeloma). These are only the cancers that I know of and all on my Mom's side. I'm being advised to have a total hysterectomy along with removal of ovaries, falopian tubes and cervix. I know the important of this Lynch Syndrome Mutation and do want to be proactive, I just want to know what will happen once all female organs are removed. Am I guaranteeing my self a shorter life with no ovaries?

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Hi Anon

Thank you for your post.

I'm sorry you have so much on your plate, with your own cancer and such a maternal family history too.

The procedure you are describing is called a total hysterectomy, that includes the ovaries. What this will do (in addiction to potentially saving you from future reproductive cancers) is put you straight into menopause.

I don't know your age but if you haven't reached menopause yet, you will as soon as the procedure is done.

Bearing in mind the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause (you can read lots more here: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/menopause ), you will need to prepare yourself for this. With your medical history of breast cancer, it's (highly) unlikely you would be allowed hormone replacement therapy, even after a mastectomy but your doctor will talk to you about this. 

You can read a study about this here: http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/summary/2004/hrt-and-breast...

A study that says the opposite can be read here: http://breastcancerchoices.org/hrt.html

Please note that the consensus of no HRT after breast cancer is accepted in the United States.

You are not guaranteeing yourself a shorter life at all, without ovaries. This should not interfere with your lifespan.

If you have more questions please let us know and the best of luck to you. Please stay in touch!


December 12, 2011 - 11:11am
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