Her doctor said that sex with her was difficult because she is older. It turned out that it was ovarian cancer

Saturday, June 25, 2022
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Ovarian Cancer and Breast Cancer

ovarian cancer is a disease that starts when the genes regulating cell growth become mutated. These abnormal cells multiply rapidly and can spread to other parts of the body. This type of cancer occurs mostly in women in their late 50s to early 60s, and is considered a rare form of the disease in women younger than 40. Other factors that may increase your risk of developing this condition include endometriosis, obesity, and fertility treatments. You may also have a family history of the disease.

Mara Kofoed (45), was diagnosed ovarian cancer After months of trying to find the cause, she finally found a solution in December 2021. They were dismissed by doctors at all levels and not connected to cancer. To finally find answers, it took an unexpected trip to the emergency room. Kofoed is a Hudson Valley resident who shared her story to TODAY. To learn that I was suffering from ovarian cancer was one of the most shocking events in my entire life. Although I suspected breast cancer from my grandmother, ovarian cancer was a completely different story. This is something that women need to learn more about. Although we know a lot about breast cancer and how it affects women, almost nobody can tell us the truth. Symptoms of ovarian cancer They were too numerous to list. It's difficult for anyone to connect all of these small, minor details. It wasn't even a piece of cake for the doctor. 2017 was the year I felt a bit of pain while having sex. This was my first symptom. A different feeling around my bladder was another early sign. Although it felt like an UTI, I was unsure what to make of this. I felt something pressing against my bladder. Also, I noticed a shift in how often I urinated. It was unusual for me to wake up at night to pee. I also noticed that I had a tendency to go peeing more often during the day. General fatigue was the only explanation for my symptoms. Constipation was another issue. One of these symptoms was fatigue. My waist began to get wider in May 2021. My waist is very slim and I am normally thin, so it was just a matter of noticing a thickening around my stomach. It looked as though I gained weight in some other places, but not below my ribs. Although I was told that bloating could be a sign of ovarian carcinoma, it is a very vague symptom. But I didn't think of cancer. It was not something I knew enough to recognize. Bloating occurs because tumors grow and fluid surrounds them. This is a condition known as ascites. Bloating can be described in a misleading manner. Bloating is a gas caused by eating. Bloating is not a sign that you have ovaries. It needs to be explained in a different way. This is a persistent thickening of the abdomen that eventually grows into a distended stomach. Similar: A woman with ovarian carcinoma who encouraged others to recognize her symptoms died at 43 The first signs of ovaries pain were little twinges and pinches. There were also a few episodes of extreme ovarian pain that I felt like I was grabbing my husband's countertop and leaning on it. The first time I was able to see a gynecologist, it wasn't until November 30, 20,21. He told me about my symptoms, and that I had a large belly. But it was not like I came in expecting to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It was still not clear what was going on. These things weren't connected, and I was not able to connect them. He didn't pay attention to any of my symptoms, but he did focus on the one. He leaning back on his chair, he said to me: Women of your age cease wanting sex. He was only focusing on the part about pain-during sex. The photo below shows Kofoeds'distended stomach. (Courtesy Mara Kofoed) My belly was not an issue. He said that you don't have to scan me if I asked. Because of the things he said, and how he dismissed my concerns, I left that appointment feeling completely traumatized. I was sent a letter by his office stating that the Pap test had been positive and we would see each other in a year. One week and half later, I visited a nearby urgent care on Friday night.

I was worried I wouldn't be able to make it through the weekend. My walking, breathing and eating habits were severely affected by the distended stomach. I also had difficulty sitting, standing, or going to the toilet. The pressure was so great that I thought I would die. This was the scariest and most difficult thing I have ever seen. The nurse was able to verify all my symptoms. My belly was examined by the nurse who took my concerns seriously. This was definitely not normal. She immediately said that she would take me to the ER for a CT scan. Doctors came in to the ER after performing a scan, and they said that they had found a mass. It was urgent that I see an oncologist. The stage 3C form of ovarian cancer was found to have been the cause. The tumors were 12 cm long on each side and 6.5 cm on the opposite. Two smaller tumors were found on the bladder and rectum, each measuring approximately 2 cm. The doctor had examined me a week before and found that the tumors were not as large. Kofoed needed to have chemotherapy. (Courtesy Mara Kofoed) I underwent a debulking surgery On December 28, 2021. The uterus and tubes were removed. Six treatments were also given with chemotherapy drugs. I am doing well today. During chemotherapy, I was very careful about my health. It would have been death if I had waited one year to see my doctor. It wouldn't have been a year. Women should be focusing on their thoughts. You are saying, "This is strange." This is not normal. This isn't normal. This disease has one of the most important messages: It is extremely concerning if a persistent symptom keeps returning or doesn't disappear at all. The interview has been edited for clarity and condensed.