Marguerite recalls the tests she had for the physicians to determine she had a fibrothecoma tumor.
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The Available Tests to Diagnose a Fibrothecoma Tumor First of all I had a CA125 test, which is the only test for ovarian cancer as far as I know. The, I had, they sent me for an ultrasound, which showed that I was highly suspicious for ovarian cancer. Then they sent me for a CAT scan and that was almost certain and he did a pelvic exam, which showed that I had a large mass that was hard, solid and irregularly shaped which is almost certain cancer and he was pretty sure I had stage-3 ovarian cancer. So he said he was going to be very aggressive when he went in and did this operation and that’s why I wasn’t going to feel too good afterwards. So he was, and he came out with a smile on his face and he said, “I like to be wrong in cases like these,” so, you know, I was lucky. I was one of the lucky ones. The type of tumor that I had, a fibrothecoma, is only two percent of all ovarian tumors and, you know, like a teeny percent of them is not benign and this is, you know, I was just lucky, very lucky. I know that there are doctors who do not like the CA125. In fact, my doctor didn’t back my general practitioner, but a friend of mine who had a similar situation, she was bleeding, her doctor sent her for an ultrasound and I would recommend at least that much because if you are not going to have the CA125 there may be no other way of knowing what is wrong and it could be, that is one of the signs of ovarian cancer. And I think that women, I would like to educate women on looking for signs and not assuming that you have indigestion if you have bloating, and not assuming that you need a hysterectomy if you have bleeding. It might be something more serious than that. So, I think that women should push for answers from their doctors.