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Should I have BOTH ovaries and fallopian tubes removed?

By Anonymous July 9, 2010 - 2:20pm
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I am at extremely high risk for cancer. I have been having insane lower abdominal pain for 6 months now and just recently had an exploratory surgery and the NovaSure done (where they burn the lining of your uterus). Everything looked healthy, but the gynecologist sent my uterine tissue to the lab and it cam back with cancer cells. He is pretty sure that is also the problem with my left ovary and the pain coming from it. I have been to every other doctor u can think of for this pain. I am having a total hysterectomy and was given the option to leave my right ovary and tube (given that it is healthy). Should I leave it? or would it be better to take it all? I am 29 btw.

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Anon - This is a deeply personal decision that only you can make. You're doing the right thing by seeking information, and I encourage you to seek out multiple sources and get as much information as possible. If you opt for a complete hysterectomy including removal of both ovaries you will go into premature menopause. Hormone therapy is not advised for women with a high risk of cancer as it increases the risk of cancer. Your quest for information should therefore look at the long term impacts of early menopause as well as your overall risk for cancer as well as the potential for having to have a second surgery to remove the remaining ovary if you don't remove it at this time. You may also want to get a second opinion from a different doctor about your options.

You have a lot to take into consideration, but you will ideally have many more decades of living with the results of this decision and it's worth taking the time to explore it thoroughly. I hope that helps!

July 9, 2010 - 5:49pm
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