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Precancerous tumour on the right ovary and reduced immunity - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi,I was diagnosed with a pre-cancerous tumor on my right ovary. Given that it's pre-cancerous, does it need to be removed right away? or can it wait?
User :   Hi
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User :   Let me read what you have typed
User :   When was the tumour detected? May i know your age also?
User :   i'm 26 years old. the growth was determined in june with a biopsy done in july
User :   If it is a precancerous tumour it has to be removed immediately.
User :   m insurance through work (which is better than I have now) starts in November. Is it possible to wait?
User :   My only concern is that recently, I've began to feel it a bit (some sharp pains) and have been getting fevers on and off
User :   What is the stage of tumour?
User :   the stage wasn't addressed, i was just told precancerous
User :   Should I ask?
User :   If the stage is 2 or 3 and since you are having symptoms it is better to get it removed.
User :   one doctor said it can be removed by laser. Is traditional surgery a better option or would the laser work?
User :   It depends on the stage of the cancer.
User :   Another question -- i have pernicious anemia (which is maintained by supplements and on occasion injections). As a result, my immune system is a little weak. One doctor suggested immunotherapy following the removal. Is that something that you think would help?
User :   DO you mean Immunotherapy after the removal of tumour?
User :   yes
User :   Yes you can go for it.
User :   how will all this affect my day-to-day? will it hurt?
User :   What do you mean? Kindly explain. What will affect?
User :   I just want to make sure I'll be able to work, function, etc and not become too tired
User :   Yes you can be just normal but after few months
User :   And was also wondering about pain? Does immunotherapy hurt?
User :   It is an effective vaccination program that increases immunity to substances called allergens that trigger allergy symptoms
User :   how does that help cancer?
User :   You will be given vaccinations on a weekly or biweekly basis. Pain would be there somewhat
User :   I'm sorry for these questions, I've never heard of it and was wondering all the little details
User :   Cancer immunotherapy is the use of the immune system to reject cancer. The main purpose is stimulating the patient's immune system to attack the malignant tumor cells that are responsible for the disease.
User :   What do you think of me waiting until November to proceed with all this?
User :   I have explained you that since you are having symptoms its better to get soon
User :   But it depends also on the stage
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