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Borderline serous ovarian tumour


Hi, I have a question if anyone can help. 6 months ago I had a 9cm x 8cm ovarian cyst. It and a fallopian tube were removed by laporospic surgery, which I believe involves puncturing and draining it. I had a phone call to go to the hospital on Monday and they told me I had a borderline serous ovarian tumour, it wasn't cancer and was harmless. I have opted to have a hysterectomy and I'm not too concerned as they said its stage 1and is confined to the ovary.

What I am worried about it that when the cyst was being drained, some of the cells would have spilled out into other areas and it could spead that way. Does anyone think this is possible or am I worrying over nothing?

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Hi lovely, You’re not worrying over nothing, you wouldn’t be normal if you didn’t worry, we’ve all been there and done that, some of us have T shirts too 😂. Your team have said it’s most likely not cancer so that should give you some peace of mind, they generally have a pretty good idea of what’s going on in there.

During the surgery they do an abdominal cavity wash both before they remove anything and then do another one afterwards. This is then checked for cancerous cells or any abnormalities , if they find anything at all they’ll possibly offer you chemotherapy and if nothing is found then Woo hoo 🎉🎊.

Good luck with your surgery, it’s not a small op but it’s certainly nowhere near as bad as you think it will be and once it’s done you’ll know exactly what’s going on.

If you need any advice nearer to the surgery time ask away, we all have helpful tips and hints to make things easier both while you’re in hospital and once you get home.

❤️Xx Jane

Thank you so much for your reply. It was my first post and difficult because I haven't told any of my friends and I have played it down to my family so they don't have to worry. I haven't even looked at the operation yet because I haven't got my head round it but I didn't realise they washed the area out so you have no idea how much you have eased my mind. Thanks again x

I’m really pleased if you’re a little easier in your mind now. Once you have your surgery date come back to us and we’ll be able to help you more with useful info, you can, of course, ask us lots before then if you need to, we’re a mine of useful information.

Dr Google isn’t a very good source of info as it can offer lots of statistics and info that isn’t necessarily accurate and can easily be misinterpreted. We always recommend avoiding it if possible. Your surgeon will answer all your questions when you meet him both before and after the op and their team will give you lots of literature to read that’s really really useful.

Well done on joining us, you’ll find that the most helpful bunch of lovely people are here in our lovely gang (you’re now a member if you want to be 😊) and somebody will have just the answer you need to any questions you have.

Keep well lovely ❤️Xx Jane

Think you are right to have a hysterectomy and I wish you well with it, its not as bad as we all fear.

in reply to suzuki

Awh thanks. I'm 47 and have no intentions of ever using my reproductive system again so I am at peace with completion surgery. I'm actually glad they are taking it because I don't want to take any chances. X

Hi - I had a mucinous Borderline removed 4 years ago. Mine was 1c, because there were cells in the abdominal wash. But they were Borderline cells. You'd never have been given a Borderline diagnosis if there was a single cancer cell in your cyst. I had both ovaries removed and a hysterectomy because I'm post menopause and don't need them any more and it makes it v unlikely that there'll be any recurrence. Even if another Borderline tumour does grow, it's only a small percentage that are likely to be problematic. They might monitor you for a bit, blood tests and ultrasound, just to be extra-careful. Your diagnosis really is good news. The prognosis is excellent. Time for a celebration!

Good luck with your surgery. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.


Thanks for the reply. I'm not too worried, well I am a wee but I suppose it's just the unknown really. I'm meeting the surgeon in 4 weeks to find out what completion surgery is. I assume it's a hysterectomy but whatever they do, I'm sure they will do what's best. Anyway I'm 47 and I don't need anything in there any more lol

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