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9/15/10 3:44 P

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Oh yeah, what a correlation! I also had heavy periods and lots of pain. My breast cancer was somewhat hormone dependent and I had a uterine mass so my Dr recommended uterus, cervix, and ovaries be removed, looking for cancer. Fortunately there was no cancer, but there was extensive endometriosis; surgery took 5 hours because of it!

Just follow their guidelines for recovery and you should be fine. I hope it all goes great.
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9/14/10 8:09 P

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I hope all goes smoothly with your surgery!! Hang in there, and it will all work itself out in the end!! :)

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9/14/10 9:30 A

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WOW! You sure went through a lot. I wish you an easy surgery and an easy & speedy recovery. emoticon Maria

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9/13/10 11:52 P

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Good luck Jocalat. I'll be out of town for 4 or 5 days, so I don't know if I'll get back in here for a while or not. I sure hope you are able to have the "bandaid" surgery, not the old fashioned cut from hip to hip like I had to have... Keep us posted on how you are doing... HUGS, Joy


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9/13/10 8:45 P

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My periods started to get closer together after the birth of my daughter in '94, then about 7 years ago I started with 1 to 1 1/2 days of very heavy periods changing every 45 minutes to an hour but not every month was like this, they tended to cycle every 3 or 4 months. January '09 I skipped 3 months, light in April and then what now drs are saying was a hemorrage in May '09, light in June until December, then skipped a few months...then May'10 got it twice within a week of each other but the second time 32/45 days, had to go on progesterone for 10 days - this coincided with my diagnosis of bc, stopped for 3 days, started again the day before my lumpectomy and stopped 7 days later...went 47 days without and then my last was August 2nd...changed 22 times in 24 hrs...I had to have a transfusion during my lumpectomy because my numbers were 6.5 instead of 11.8-16.0...that's sad!! So do I think they are connected - yes absolutely, my body has sky high estrogen and barely any progesterone. This was a problem with both pregnancies, I had to take prog. sop. for 6 weeks in the beginning to support he babies...so that's that...surgery on Friday...I tried for 7 years to get to menopause on my own but my body failed me!!

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9/13/10 7:24 P

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Very painful, and extremely heavy. Also, I wasn't even getting 3 weeks "break" between periods. Did good to get two.


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9/13/10 11:21 A

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Yes I agree... ladies let's speak up and see if there is a connection with breast cancer and other uterine problems? Also i had very painful periods (dysmenorrhea) did any of you have that too?

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9/13/10 10:45 A

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In a study done, I believe at some big university in Chicago (I read the article some time ago, and discussed it with one of my Drs.), women who have non-melanoma skin cancer are at the greatest risk for both breast cancer and cervical or uterine cancer. That article could have been written about me.... I fit the profile to a T. So it could be very possible that there is a connection between the two. It would be interesting to see how many of us do have that connection.


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9/13/10 9:57 A

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Good luck Jocalat.

my chemo caused medically induced menopause and my periods haven't returned yet so I don't know what will happen in the future and what my options are in the future.

What i did want to comment on was that I have endometrioses and many fibroids (2 big ones) and a lot of pain. But the pain all stopped with the menopause. Is it possible that many of you who have breast cancer also have some sort of problem with your uterus or femaile organs???? Did you guys notice this???? Is it just a coincidence? emoticon

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9/11/10 11:03 P

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My partial hysterectomy was done 17 months before my diagnosis of breast cancer. Unfortunately, I still have my ovaries.... emoticon I was 45 and my doctor figured I could still use the estrogen. My hysterectomy was due to excessive bleeding and numerous fibroids. Recovery was pretty quick...I took 4 weeks off of work, but I felt pretty good after 2 weeks of rest!. My surgery was done laproscopically. I have 4 little incision scars.
But, now, 17 months later, I sure wish we'd taken my ovaries too!
Best wishes for an uneventful surgery!!

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9/3/10 3:47 P

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Mine was due to excessive bleeding and fibroids. I was extremely anemic. I should have had stock in tampax. I can say that since then it was the best choice I have made. I am no longer anemic and have more energy. The menopausal symptoms are manageable even without the hormones. Good luck.

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9/1/10 5:20 P

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Thanks Joy!!

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Mine was because of cancer, cervical. They took everything, hip to hip. Had very few problems with hot flashes, night sweats, etc. after. And yes, I suffered with heavy bleeding for several years, so yes, I would do it again. Took me a while to feel good following it, but I was just so run down in general. Good luck!


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8/29/10 8:37 P

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My hysterectomy was not because of cancer, but fibroids and such that were negatively impacted by the chemo.....and my braca came back negative as well. I had it done laproscopically (once they knew that it wasn't cancer related) and I had the surgery on Monday, and returned to work the following Monday. My job is mostly computer related, so it doesn't involve much lifting or such, so it was easy to return quickly. No real differences with sex drive (too many kids running around the house to know otherwise I guess!) Just some lubricant and things are just fine.....I'd do it again in a heartbeat!!

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8/29/10 9:05 A

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The hysterectomy is not for the bc...though it supports my case..the bleeding is nonstop and can only be controlled by hormones temporarily and I can not be on them - I had hoped that not having the brac gene I would be able to have an ablation or just ovaries but I no go and menopause just won't start!! I have done this for 7 years and I am severely anemic, 6.5 instead of 11.8-16 so I have tried my best to let nature takes its course.Otherwise I am in good spirits, I am the kind of person that once I make decision, feel good about it then I am good to go!! I am glad you have not had to make this decision....how are you feeling?

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8/28/10 8:45 P

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Jo ~ I have not had a hysterectomy and my Oncologist has not recommended one. He had me get the BRACA test and said if it was positive that he would recommend a hysterectomy. It was negative so no hysterectomy for me.

I will keep you in my prayers - as always ~ How are you doing otherwise?

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8/28/10 12:16 P

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I am scheduled for a hysterectomy on Sept. 17th, due to perimenopausal heavy bleeding, fibroids, history of endometreosis and er positive bc. Suffered for 7 years. Ablation is not an option due to the fibroids. It will be the Da Vinci method, 2-4 weeks recovery....so how was the recovery? Anything I need to know prior to or after surgery that would be helpful? sex drive? what can I use besides natural er cream for lubrication. Are you happy with the results? Why wouldn't you do it again? Thanks

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