Uterine cancer survivor grateful for the right diagnosis – and treatment

Looking back, the symptoms of my uterine cancer seem a little more obvious to me now. I’d had heavy and irregular periods my whole adult life because of endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). But when the bleeding started getting worse a few years ago, I attributed it to getting older. I explained away the increased bloating and abdominal pain as menstrual cramps. But when I woke up one Saturday morning in late December 2017 with excruciating abdominal pain, I knew something more serious was going on. I went to a local emergency room, where doctors performed a CT scan. That revealed a large mass on my right ovary and about a liter of fluid in my abdominal cavity. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Second opinion at MD Anderson yields different diagnosis The ER doctors performed surgery right away to drain the fluid and remove my diseased ovary. I stayed in the hospital for a week. After I got out, I followed up with the oncologist at his office, but I felt I wasn’t getting the attention I deserved. My family urged me to get a second opinion at MD Anderson. I didn’t want to at first. I live near Dallas — about a five-hour drive from Houston — and wanted to stay closer to home. But after thinking it over and praying about it, I agreed. I called and got an appointment less than a week later with gynecologic oncologist Dr. Michaela Onstad. She conducted her own scans and tests. Then she asked a group of gynecologic oncologists at MD Anderson to review my case. After some...