hi, i dont know if this forum is for women only, my apologies for posting if it is as i am a man.
my girlfriend has recently had an ovarian tumour removed which was analysed and found to be mucinous and of borderline malignancy. She has been recommended futher surgery to remove her appendix and omentum, as well as a cyst from the other ovary.
She was already strongly considering not taking the initial surgery and took advice from other doctors as well as alternative healers before deciding to go ahead with it. She is more interested in herbal medicine, nutrition, and other alternative therapies.
She is now considering refusing the further surgery, feeling that her body has been already violated enough, that the techniques used are too agressive, and that there is not enough dialogue between patient and doctor in the conventional medical system.
I will of course support her with whatever decision she takes but would like to inform ourselves as much as possible.
I understand part of the reason for removal of the appendix could be a suspicion that the ovarian tumour originated from a primary tumour in the appendix, since mucinous tumours have characteristics similar to tumours in the digestive system. However, since she has a family history of ovarian and breast tumours, I would like to know if it is less likely that the tumour originated in the digestive system?
I would like to hear from anyone who has refused surgery or has experience with alternative therapies in similar situations.
You may ask why I am asking and why she does not post here herself. We have limited time to make a decision (the surgery would normally take place next week) and she is talking to many friends and therapists. I am doing all I can to try to inform ourselves as best as possible and get a wide variety of opinions. We live in germany and german is not my first language, i find it more diffiulct to communicate with the people around, and feel here is a good place for me to ask, i dont really know what else to do.