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    Anyone else's period change before and after cancer surgery?

    Has anyone else's period cycle change before cancer diagnosis and then change after the removal of the tumor?

    I ask because mine has - before the cancer surgery of the left ovary/tube and tumor, I didn't have my period for 3 years. (38 years old now
    but never was in menopause). My OBGYN told me that was okay and not a sign that anything bad was happening. After my tumor removal,
    my period came back like clockwork. Based on what could have happened, I was very pleased that this was the worst thing to happen.

    The first 6 months, my period came back every 27 days and lasted 5-7 days. Fine. Now in January and February, I see one regular
    period and then two weeks after, a little spotting for two to three days.

    Should I be alarmed?

    The oncologist said to me that she was glad that I was getting my period at all and that I shouldn't be concerned about the spotting.
    She also said that when I wasn't having the period for so long, my body was actually creating testosterone and that could have led
    to the formation of the tumor. I told my OBGYN and she was not happy about it, saying she had never heard of that. She didn't have much
    to say about the spotting either.

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    Moderator Top User jorola's Avatar
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    Hi Dixie,

    Personally I am not sure what may be happening. Did your OBGYN want you to come in? Maybe you should go for a second opinion? Couldn't hurt.
    Wife to husband with squamous lung cancer stage 3 b
    dx - April 20/14
    tx started May 20/14 - radiation and chemo
    June 23 - chemo finished
    July 4 - radiation finished
    July 8 - PET scan shows tumor almost gone, lymph nodes back to normal
    Married July 19/14
    Sept 9/14 - repeat can shows tumor continues to shrink more, no new spots. New coughing and pain due to chest infection or side effect of radiation.
    Sept 19/14 - not infection but pneumonitis, place on dex for 4 weeks
    Oct 22/14 - now off of dex and facing even more symptoms of withdrawal
    Dec 16/14 - pretty much nothing left but a scar
    April 7/15 - ditto scan and screw you stats
    Oct 6/15 - more scarring but still cancer still gone
    Feb 2016 -scan the same
    Aug 2016 - more of the same
    Aug 2017 - and ditto
    Aug 2018 - 4 yrs NED - no evidence of disease
    Aug 2019 - 5 yrs NED and discharged from cancer clinic!!!!!


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