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An_244373 posted:
I recently had surgery for ovarian cancer on 2/6/12. The pathology report staged it a 1a, but the surgeon said it was a 2c due to further clinical findings. If it is 1a, I don't need chemo. If it's 2c, I need chemo. Which staging would be considered more accurate?
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someonewhocares3 responded:
So sorry for your diagnosis! I don't know much about ovarian cancer although I had a complete hysterectomy for an ovarian cystadenoma that was benign (on frozen section).

Did the surgeon explain what he meant by "further clinical findings?" It seems like the pathology report should be the prevailing finding. I would get clarification and a copy of your records and then maybe even a second opinion. Chemo is hard enough to tolerate but also has many long-term adverse effects on health, so you want to be sure it's necessary before proceeding. Chemo is big business and oncologists buy the drugs and then sell to their patients at big markups. If you need it, of course this is moot.


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