People on these forums come from everywhere, and know all kinds of stuff and have all kinds of experiences, and I have found that you guys often have the best advice.
All this is by way of asking a really arcane personal medical question. About 5 years ago I had an abdominal CT scan for diverticulitis. Incidentally, they found a small (approx. 3 cm) cyst on my ovary. I am post-menopausal and had no symptoms. The OB/GYN did a cancer blood test, which was normal and said that we would check again in 5 years.
So here we are at 5 years. I had an MRI for my back and hip, and when they read it, the radiologists said that the cyst appeared to have grown. So I had another cancer blood test (CA-125) which was normal. The OB/GYN ordered a specific MRI and it confirmed that the cyst had enlarged to about 4 cm and might have changed in character to a pre-cancerous type growth.
So I am having the ovary and the fallopian tube removed laparoscopically the middle of this month. The OB/GYN kind of assumed that I would want to have both ovaries and tubes removed so that I “wouldn’t have to worry about it.” I told her that I only wanted to have the one with the cyst removed and she said that there is some protective benefit of having an ovary until about 65 years old or so, but I am past that, so it really wouldn’t matter. I’m more worried about having more surgery unnecessarily. The OB/GYN said that she would just do the one, but that I could let her know if I changed my mind right up to the surgery.
I’ve been unable to find anyone to give me advise on this. What do you all think?