Young women might be able to preserve their fertility despite a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Recent studies, based on a publication this month in Cancer, have found that 5 year survival rates are the same for both patients that remove all female organs (both ovaries and uterus) and those that only removed the affected ovary. This is strictly for early diagnosed Stage 1 (one) malignancies in premenopausal women . This is great news for women hoping to preserve their female organs. Regardless of fertility desires, prematurely removing the uterus and ovaries can thrust women into early menopause. This can expose the woman to all the negative side effects of early castration: hot flashes, dry vagina, osteoporosis, heart disease and early death and dementia. Ask your doctor is you can be a candidate to preserve your female organs.
Many of our patients try supplements and herbal formulas prior to seeking a medical consultation. Although these therapies can help reduce symptoms temporarily, they will become ineffective over time as the disease spreads. Supplements and herbal formulas are not regulated by the FDA and therefore quality, strength and dosage cannot be guaranteed. Delaying appropriate treatment can sometimes be detrimental. Fibroid tumors, adenomyosis and endometriosis all require surgery is remove the disease…treating symptoms does nothing to treat the condition or the tumors. Using these alternative therapies, after surgery , may be helpful in preventing recurrence, but should not be the only source of treatment. Consult your physician and do some research about what is the best course of treatment for your disease.
We require medical records be faxed to our Los Angeles office prior to setting up a consultations for fibroids, adenomyosis, endometriosis and ovarian pathology. Patients often report difficulty getting copies of their medical file from their doctors office. This should NOT be the case. Your file is yours!! You are entitled to your own health information. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times Health Section ( Monday July 27, 2009, entitled “Those medical tests are yours”)….discusses the federal law, HIPPA ( Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) which gives consumers the right to access records regarding their medical care and treatment. IF you are having difficulty retrieving your file from a medical office or facility, contact a supervisor……it is against the law to withhold your information.
What is a D&C? It stands for Dilatation and Curettage. This is a minor surgical procedure that is often recommended by healthcare practitioners to treat heavy bleeding. The cervix is dialated and a small curette is used to scrape the lining of the uterus away. This can significantly reduce bleeding until the lining is regenerated. Unfortunately, a D&C is used all too often as a treatment for fibroid tumors and adenomyosis. This procedure can temporarily reduce the bleeding symptoms but does nothing to actually treat the primary diseases. Women often get a false sense of security once the bleeding is reduced…..take care, the fibroid tumors and adenomyosis are still growing.
We have many many women hoping to preserve their fertility when they arrive for fibroid tumor surgery. Pedunculated tumors are fibroids on a stalk extending from the uterus into the abdomen. They are often assymptomatic pertaining to monthly bleeding, as the endometrial lining is not effected. These are the best tumors to have when considering fertility options, as they do not damage the uterus. The larger pedunculated fibroids become they can press on surrounding tissues and organs and produce abdominal discomfort, bloating and pain, but as mentioned, they do not effect monthly periods. Depending on size, the tumors may be able to be removed via laparoscopy.