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my girlfriend is 65 .....she recently complained about pevic pain and pelvic swollenness. With no diagnosis she was given a ca 125 test and results are normal....Question: what are the probabilities that she has ovarian cancer and if so, what are the probabilities it can be in a late stage?

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Not sure what the stats are but just wanted to say that my CA125 was within the normal range right before my surgery where stage 2 cancer was found. Your girlfriend should see a gynecologic oncologist for a work up. I hope to hell she doesn't have cancer!
Lisa59

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Absolutely agree with Maggie - first hope and PRAY she doesn't have this cancer...but, she should ask for further testing. Either an ultrasound or a CT Scan. Many of these test are inconclusive, but are the necessary first steps. If she does not have insurance, she should immediately get covered BEFORE any test are taken. I had coverage with Blue Shield of California (PPO) 15 days before I was diagnosed with Stage 3C and I pray every day that I had this. They have covered my bills for over seven years now.

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I live in a suburb of Chicago and I can be of some help if your friend is interested.
Helen
Diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer in 1987.
Recurrence in 1993
Last treatment 1994.
Treated at Northwestern

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Please insist on more testing. I went 17 months with a Dr. Who had me have MRI's and ultra sounds, saw the pelvic mass, but said it would probably go away after menopause. I was 55 then. It was lucky for me that insurance changes forced me into a change of Dr's. I now lean toward suggesting seeking a female gynocologist, as in my case she expressed alarm and pursued a course that lead to surgery. A borderline tumor was discovered and a complete hysto. I did not have elevated ca125 or other blood levels at that time. I now see a gyno-oncologist every 3 months.

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I also live in the Chicago suburb of Long Grove, not far from Helen. I had surgery march 3 2011 at northwest community hospital.

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Ovarian cancer is an uncommon cancer, so I would say the odds are it's not that. But if it were, most ovarian cancers are already in a late stage when found. And she's at the typical age for OC. Whatever is going on she's uncomfortable, and I would find out what's wrong.

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