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uterine fibroids and cluster of calcifications at same time

By March 2, 2011 - 2:29am
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due to pain in my pelvis i ended up in hospital. that doc told me to see my ob as soon as possible to rule out cervical cancer because of appearance of cervix. after sono of pelvis found out i have 2 fibroid the size of small oranges, one of which has grown thru the wall of uterus. trying not to panic because cancer runs rampant in the family. doc wants to do hysterectomy no alternative. got home to get a letter from radiology that my mammogram looked questionable. i have fibros breasts so i figured doc would give same reply as before that it was just fibrous material. wrong, small cluter of calcifications. could the two conditions be connected somehow. i can't help but worry. i hurt badly and am waiting for apt to get state ins. then..... i am scared

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thank you so much, the person who promised me "we" would get through this together, promptly went on vacation to florida, told me he didn't have time for me, and then proceeded to berate me because i was upset that he didn't even ask how my consult went. I have felt so alone. Thank You

March 3, 2011 - 5:51pm

I received a response from Dr. Sarrel, a gynecologist who works with EmpowHER from time-to-time. Here is what he had to say:

"You sure have a lot to deal with all at once. Keep in mind 'first things first.' The breast calcifications should be evaluated first. You should be able to get a reliable diagnosis from a simple biopsy. The radiologist is someone to ask since you have already been seen in radiology and they may be able to perform the simplest and easiest of procedures to make a diagnosis.
Hold off on the gynecologist until you know what needs to be done about the area in your breast. Tell the doctors seeing you about your breast the story of your fibroids and the question of cancer in your cervix.
Cervix cancers are very treatable, grow slowly and can be cared for right after your breast treatment. The only consideration is how much pain you are having. If it's continuing and is an emergency kind of issue then you'll have to try to go ahead with having both conditions evaluated at the same time. Try to have that done by doctors who are working in the same hospital as it will be easier to coordinate your care.
If you can go one step at a time then it will be easier for you to understand what's happening and to know how to take care of yourself when everything is cured."

Hope this information from the doctor is helpful. Please keep us posted, and let us know if you come up with any more questions as you progress with this.
Take care of yourself,

March 3, 2011 - 7:35am

Hi ncharm,
Thank you for your question and for joining EmpowHER. I have sent your question to a couple medical professionals (doctors) associated with EmpowHER. I am not a doctor, so I cannot diagnose you or give you advice. I can only direct you to resources to help you advocate for your health. Regardless if the conditions are connected or not, you may want to take care of this soon, or at least get the answers from your doctors to help calm your fears. When is your next appointment with your gynecologist? With cancer running in your family, it is good to be on top of things, and ensure that if there is anything bad to be found, it's found early so there's more chance of being able to move on from it. Before you go to the doctor, make sure to create a list of questions to ask, and bring a pen so you can write down the answers or bring a trusted friend or family member with you to the appointment so you both can listen and retain more. No doubt you may be scared, so it may help to use the "buddy system" here so you don't miss any important information, and so you can possibly be more at ease.
Here is a list of articles about the treatment of fibroids and one about calciferous breast tissue:
Fibroid treatment articles, and Breast Calcifications information
When we hear back from one of our medical professionals, we'll let you know what they say.
Good luck, and let us know how you're doing.

March 2, 2011 - 9:13am
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