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What exactly will I learn from the CT scan?

Gynecologic Cancers | Last Active: Sep 20 11:46pm | Replies (6)

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I'm so sorry this happened to you and that it came without warning. They can not tell for certain if a particular growth is cancer from an ultrasound, but wording like "highly suspicious for ovarian cancer" means you should prepare yourself for the likelihood that that's what it is. The main purpose of the CT scan to check whether a growth has spread and, if so, where. The CT scan cannot rule out cancer. If the growth has not spread, they still will not know exactly what the lesion seen on ultrasound is. However, if it has spread, then it is cancer.

You can handle it, whatever it is. My own emotional response may well be abnormal, but after the initial shock wore off, I have been reacting to cancer fairly similarly to any other problem. There are aggravations and frustrations, but you keep going on to the next thing. My friends and family have mostly been acting the same as before (as I prefer. I have been trying to discourage "how are you" interactions as I find them annoying.)

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@hqtogo, I can imagine your concern and appreciate the encouragement you received from @naturegirl5 and @val64, who know first hand what this scary "waiting" and "testing" time is like. @odette @pbprice @starko @pauldale4 can also add their experiences and encouragement.

As this article from Mayo Clinic outlines:
– Diagnosing Ovarian Cancer https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20375946

"CT scans of your abdomen and pelvis may help determine the size, shape and structure of your ovaries."
"Sometimes your doctor can't be certain of your diagnosis until you undergo surgery to remove an ovary and have it tested for signs of cancer."

So CT scan is the next step. All the best with the CT scan tomorrow. Do you have a followup appointment with your doctor to review the results? We're here if you get the results before your appointment with your doctor.