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Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian Message Board

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Hello again Winking,

Get your aunt to get a copy of the radiologist's or gynecologist's report of the ultrasound. In it you will see a description of the cysts. How large they are and if they are complex or simple cysts.

Simple cysts of less than 10 cm are very unlikely to be malignant although they may cause problems due to their size and where they are located (ie. if they are pressing on the bladder or colon). There is also a risk of these things rupturing and causing the symptoms that you described (vomiting, diarrhea, extreme pain etc..).

Complex cysts are also most often benign but surgery is usually indicated in order to do a biopsy and be absolutely sure as ovarian cancer, when it is present, often comes in the form of a complex cyst or solid tumour. The way the cyst looks on the ultrasound will give them a pretty good idea of what it is and the report will give the radiologist's opinion or whether or not he or she thinks it is likely to be something sinister.

Do not freak out because this situation may very well be something not at all serious. If your aunt had another one of those cysts on her ovaries which ruptured, this would have caused her symptoms of pain and vomiting. Perimenopausal women are prone to hormonal changes and ovarian cysts so this may very well be the situation. You need to be as calm as possible until you have all of the facts in front of you. Whatever happens, you have to be confident that it will be handled in the best possible way.

Take care of yourself and all the best for your aunt. Come back and tell us how you and your aunt are doing.


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