Hysterectomy with oophorectomy: involves the removal of the fallopian tubes, uterus and cervix and one or both sets of ovaries.
The procedure is performed laparoscopically. I decided to have it done for a few reasons:
* To stop my Zoladex injections. Zoladex is a pellet of meds shunted under my belly fat via a f@#koff large needle every month. This puts me into menopause. I have to have these for some time as I’m only thirty-seven (in 2011), so it’ll take a while for me to go naturally into menopause.
* I have a small calcification on my left ovary, which worries no one but me. However, it brought my decision forward to remove the lot as the fear of secondary breast cancer on my ovaries is high. My mother, Heather, had this happen to her. Secondary breast cancer spreading to your ovaries from primary breast cancer is rare, but still occurs.
* I cannot have more children, unless I stop the Zoladex injections and resume menstruation.
* I have no more use for them, and consider their total removal another ‘tick’ on my list of do everything it takes to live without cancer.
I’m attending the Royal Brisbane Hospital for surgery.
I’m a liver cancer fighter and an owner of an integrative cancer clinic in Kuala Lumpur. I used to live in Brisbane, but since it was not possible to have a clinic like mine in Australia, I moved to Malaysia, where there is very little red tape. Thanks to hyperthermia and a host of other treatments I’m still alive and fighting.
I don’t believe in compartmentalising cancer and having separate support groups for breast, prostate or bowel cancers. Cancer is a systemic disease and it doesn’t matter where it is, it is a sign that we haven’t treated our bodies well.
Any surgery involving a removal of a vital organ will always have profound impact on the rest of the body. As a guy, it would be hard for me to comment on hysterectomy, but I can only imagine how androgen dependent prostate cancer patients must feel after bilateral orchidectomy (removal of the testicles).
I just had a read of your website. Super interesting. Love to keep in touch with how your survivorship is going. Thank you for contacting me. All the best! Josie.