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Endo/ cancer

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:50 pm
by Helenq26
Hi, i suffer badly with endo, i've had 2 laparoscopy's and there is not much else they can do as my bowels are fused to my ovaries, but now i am getting the pains in my back, hips, legs and pelvic area all the time, not just around my period, i am also peeing a lot, which i've never done, all symptons are pointing to ovarian cancer, i have phoned my doctor and all i get is "we can fit you in for a phone appointment in 3 weeks time

Re: Endo/ cancer

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:58 am
by Mr Jonathan Broome

I think it’s extremely unlikely you have ovarian cancer (pain isn’t a common presenting symptom) and it could quite easily be an exacerbation of your endometriosis. Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer because often there are very few symptoms (bloating, vague abdominal discomfort, weight loss) until it becomes advanced enough to make a diagnosis. There’s such a large overlap in symptoms from benign abdomino-pelvic conditions such as endometriosis, irritable bowel, pelvic congestion, adenomyosis that it’s very difficult to unpick exactly what’s going on. It’s not unreasonable to voice your concerns to your GP and perhaps push for an early pelvic scan, a CA125 (tumour marker) may not be that helpful as I’d expect it to be raised if you have endometriosis. It sounds more like your endometriosis needs to be managed better and if more surgery isn’t an option (ask to be referred to a specialist endometriosis centre) then medical treatment can be started to suppress your periods and calm the endometriosis down.