I was diagnosed with breast cancer on 12th January, stage 2, got a 7 cm x 4 cm lump in my right breast, and was going to have chemo first to hopefully reduce the size of the lump, then a masectomy or breast reductive surgery.
I have had problems with my stomach for a few months now, always bloated, couldn't eat much without being so full up that it caused pain at times, then my periods started coming every 2 weeks. I went to doctors, after breast diagnosis, and they got me in for ultra sound scan within 5 days, and radiologist said she could see a cyst, that looked suspicious. Was told 2 days later I had a 20cm ovarian mass, that had to be removed straight away, couldn't tell if it was cancer or not at that time though. This meant that my chemo was going to be delayed by up to 6 weeks. They then had me admitted within 2 days, and had both ovaries out, and womb, cervix, etc, full hysterectomy, because the mass had covered both ovaries and had spread to my womb.
That was 3 weeks ago today that I had that surgery. I found out last week that it was definately ovarian cancer, but the mad, and good thing is that my breast cancer and ovarian cancer are totally unrelated, so it wasn't secondary cancer, so I madly managed to get both cancers at the same time. There is no history in my family of ovarian or breast cancer, apart from my Gran who had breast cancer in her late 70's. They have said it is very uncommon to have 2 unrelated cancers at the same time, and I am 40 years old, so I am youngish to get both these too.
I start my chemo on Monday, which is the TAC chemo, so it will treat both areas, as far as they can see they have totally removed the cancer from the ovaries etc.
I am obviously aware after reading as much as I can, about how ovarian cancer can come back again and again, so I really don't know how to feel or what to think. I have been really positive, staying strong for my husband and my 19 year old son, and the rest of my family. I have got so much support it is unreal. I've just realised this question has turned into an essay lol. So my question is, how many people out there have unrelated cancers at the same time, or is it really that unusual. Thanks for reading, love Sarah xxx