Paula recalls how she found out she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
That was determined on the second CAT scan that I had four months after they told me I had a clear CAT scan, and when I went to the doctor, the gynecologist/ oncologist, he did a vaginal exam and felt both my ovaries were enlarged, and that’s when he said that I need to have surgery. He was not saying that I had ovarian cancer 100%; he wasn’t sure until he could do the surgery, do the biopsies and everything.
One other thing that I should mention is that CA-125 is a cancer marker. My CA-125 was always in the normal range. The doctors don’t like to do that test randomly because they get a lot of false positives. They don’t find that it’s really a good test; they are looking for other tests right now, but for me, when I relapse and my number goes up past 5 or 6, there’s something going on, and with the CA-125 the normal range is anything under 36. When I relapsed this time, the highest, it was a 10 when I realized that I was having a problem again.
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