two unrelated cancers at the same time

Surgeon thought it was an chocolate endometrial cyst when he operated, but the labs discovered that I had clear cell tumour in one ovary and endometrioid tumour in the other- different stages, cell types and primaries- apparently very rare. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3c back in May 2011. You are young; there are lots of positives! It's nice to know I'm not alone. Hopefully your cancers are 2 separate entities and not metastasized. It's a big help. Breast cancer this time! Best of luck, Lots of love, Sarah xxxx, About 0.5cm was left under my diaphragm which they could not remove, but the chemo was meant to clean up. This means that it is even more important for cancer survivors to be aware of the risk factors for second cancers and maintain good follow-up health care. More commonly people start with one cancer and as it advances it spreads to a different part of the body, like the liver, brain or lungs and a new ‘secondary… I think none of us knows what to think or feel having been handed these rotten throws of the dice and most of us go through a range of feelings and up and down, not always predictably. So my question is, how many people out there have unrelated cancers at the same time, or is it really that unusual. She had two different cancers - but at two different points in time. You're more typical, being younger, than I was. A cancer recurrence means it's the same cancer coming back after some period of time. Yes it is possible to have to different cancers at the same time, but you don’t. So far I have had 2 types of chemo:-. I am nearly 59 & just had 1/3 ( bottom lobe) of my right lung removed due to a adenocarcinoma the size of a grain of wild rice. Sounds like that might have happened with you too. So everyone I've spoken to seems to think my experience is unusual. That removed lymph nodes and my parotid gland, but no treatment. I know I am just at the beginning of what I imagine is going to be a long journey and life will probably never be the same again. In December 2011 I had a PET scan and it showed something in my left breast. Both your cancers are considered to be caught at an early stage (which means before spreading), your chances of cure are looking good sweetheart. As far as getting a recurrence, check out the Duke study. Neither oestregen receptive. and don't worry about errors in the message, I totally understood it all xxx. I am in the position of things appearing in symptoms no one can explain centering around my kidneys/adrenal glands - something isn't right and tests are coming back wonky but not enough to pinpoint yet. I was first diagnosed with breat cancer in 2008 and it came back in 2012 along with adenocarcinoma in my lung. - 1 cancer spread to two or more places. TNBC diagnosed Dec 2008. However, I was told that a high grade tumour will respond better to the carbo/taxol than a low grade, so that kind of swung things round for me. However wonderful the support we get, the feelings remain. The biopsy prior to the surgery showed it to be a new primary cancer unrelated to the cervical cancer that was discovered almost 2 years to the day prior to the lung cancer. Copyright 2000-2019 © Cancer Survivors Network. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. But some cancer survivors develop a new, unrelated cancer later. People who have had colorectal cancer can still get the same types of cancers that other people get. I'm trying to remain positive, it was just such a shock to hear about the kidney cancer too. I consider myself 'lucky' to have had two primaries and I am alive and well 25 years on. I was diagnosed with OC in 1910 and had full hysterectomy, omentrum and appendix, part of the bowel removed on 5th November less than a week after diagnosis and 2 weeks after 1st consultation. I was diagnosed with Squim Cell Car in the Rt neck and lymph about 2 months ago. Had last OC treatment end Dec 2013 and am feeling very well. Unfortunately you hear this now and again and what seems to happen, according to those with kidney cancers, kidney cancer alone can have no symptoms and is usually found when they are looking into something else. My onc told me it takes 10yrs (I,d like some views on this girls) Before he could say i was 'cured'. Thanks for you reply, I am so pleased for you that you are in remission, I bet you are so relieved. Had to go into hospital for my lung to be drained had a scan and have been told OC returned I also feel terrified. I have seen trials mentioned a few times, and see that on this site they ask if people have been asked to take part in trials. I had chemo & radiation after a full hysterectomy to remove that cancer which had spread to the endometrium & 1 ovary. I've had the genetic testing and am not BRACA. I hope that they can determine the cause and treat it successfully. Unfortunately my oc is high grade and is refractory (resistant to normal treatment). My first consultant thought the lung one was secondary but the chest consultant insisted on operating on both at the same time and he was right. The gynecological oncologist says that it is uterine cancer and I was scheduled for a hysterectomy and removal of my ovaries and tubes. I am so sorry to hear of your two diagnosis at the saem time. Catching this makes all the difference in the world, because now they don't have to remove my lymph glands on both sides of my neck. It's crazy to think I had two kinds of Primary Tumors. This time I think we will go straight into plan C. I wish you all the luck in the world. While I am a guy I had testicular cancer it was stage 2b and a brain tumor. No one has even suggested anything genetic for me, either, and I have no family history of cancer (except my granddad who had prostate or bladder cancer). Both doctors say that the 2 cancers are unrelated and it would be extremely rare for either cancer to spread to the other location. Chemo and/or alternative treatments? Both doctors say that the 2 cancers are unrelated and it would be extremely rare for either cancer to spread to the other location. Good luck to all of you! I would always like to share with you that - my oncologist is hopeful for a cure of the OC so all I can do now is keep praying. My blood work started acting up and my onocologist had them do a Pet scan 2 weeks ago and I went back to her on the 16th to find out that that were spots in my stomach, my neck, and my liver and groin.She wanted a biopsy done of my lung and it is cancer. Is it generally considered to be a good thing to do? We all work through them in different ways and at different paces. Is that some type of tablets that you can get from your pharmacy?? About 6 years ago, I was diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) in one breast. Log in or register to post comments After a PET scan and further testing, I was told that I actually had a form of stage 3 Salivary gland cancer on the floor of the left side of my mouth. I start my chemo on Monday, which is the TAC chemo, so it will treat both areas, as far as they can see they have totally removed the cancer from the ovaries etc. on the right neck, and possibly the back of the tongue. Thanks for letting me know, and I will google tomorrow to find out about your different tumours,. It is also possible that the lung lesion/spot is breast cancer that has spread to the lung. Hi has anyone else had these side effects. Jan 2018 prior to any diagnosis. This meant that my chemo was going to be delayed by up to 6 weeks. Take your time healing from that. Hope you are doing well. And if the damaged cells … It's not cheap, but worth it, I think. There's no system in place on this site for dealing with the unfortunate fact that some of the participants have died and we don't always know. Get your own oximeter to check your O2 levels -- a good one is about $40 or $50. One of the main culprits behind the risk of a second cancer is the type of treatment a patient had for their first, or primary cancer. Hope things go well for you. I wish you all the best and send hugs love nikkix. Just browsing the internet when I came across your article. This is referred to as a second primary cancer. I've just realised this question has turned into an essay lol. Have hope i just finshed my chemo and was told on Th urs i am in remission!! Then two months later I had the brain surgery and the two cancers are not related. I continue with 6 month lung check ups & will do so into the future. It's hard to say she was lucky but the lung cancer would not have been spotted at such an early stage without the scan because there were no symptoms at the time. I am not the healthiest of people, and I really do think I will hopefully come out of this the other end healthier than I was at the beginning of this journey. Was told 2 days later I had a 20cm ovarian mass, that had to be removed straight away, couldn't tell if it was cancer or not at that time though. I hope you have your faith, couldn't have got through things without mine. So I won the "you have two cancers at the same time" lottery. How can I have two different cancers in my body at the same time? I was thrilled that I had 2 primaries since I was very afraid of a metastasized cancer. After each surgery & treatment for the cancer, I was told I had an 80% chance of being free of that cancer for 5 years or longer -- not returning. I'm not even sure what the difference is between a clear cell tumour or an endometrioid tumour, but I will google them, so you don't have to explain it to me lol, but I understand what you are saying about them being unrelated. Here we go again! They say they have removed mine, and they are as sure as they can be that they have got it all, although I am fully aware the chances of it coming back at some point are quite likely. They are not sure if it is a new primary or metastatic from the ovarian. However; as I understand it, the picture is rather better for two seperate, treatable cancers, than for a spread of one cancer. A biopsy has confirmed it is cancer. For example, not everyone with breast cancer has exactly the same type of cancer, meaning not all breast cancers are the same. ), but didn't discover the extent until they asked me to dig as apparently two unrelated cancers at the same time can signal it might be genetic so they asked about family history. A second primary cancer is a second, unrelated cancer in a person who has previously experienced another cancer at any time. Yes, ov. I asked if it was metasised from the lymphoma and it wasnt so i too , although further apart have 2 different cancers. I had 2 months in between 1) and 2) whilst we confirmed the increasing CA125 was disease progression. The lump … Hope all goes well for you on Monday.... Keep us posted. I have taken all my tablets today, ready to start chemo tomorrow, so no doubt I will let you all know how I am feeling from time to time. Similarly, not all cancers in the brain are the same and not all lung cancers are the same. Photo of a cancer cellAlthough some people equate anal cancer with cancer of the colon, the two diseases are distinct and considered to be unrelated. I've been conducting active surveillance for 2 … Thanks for your reply. So how are you at the moment then? I found out last week that it was definately ovarian cancer, but the mad, and good thing is that my breast cancer and ovarian cancer are totally unrelated, so it wasn't secondary cancer, so I madly managed to get both cancers at the same time. You've got a lot on your plate at the moment and I wish you well with it all. It's possible to have more than one primary cancer; sometimes these primary cancers are found at the same time, and sometimes they occur decades apart (see below). Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. The two cancers are either detected at the same time (synchronous) or one may follow the other after a period of time (metachronous). Since then, this phenomenon has been identified with increasing frequency, in part due to the increase in life expectancy of cancer survivors—a boon of advancements in cancer therapeutics—and to the more comprehensive screening protocols used in cancer patients. I have to belive andf trust in what they tell me. I was going threw BEP at the time after one week I wasn't drinking Gatoraid or poweraid and because of that I was dehydrated I passed out and they found a oglioastrocytoma it was over 10 years old that tumor was a big brain tumor 6.4 cm by 3cm by 3cm or in the usa 2.5 inches by 1 in by 1 in. I have got so much support it is unreal. You have no idea how reasurring that was to hear, thank you. How many types of chemo have you had for the oc. The presence of multiple primary cancers in a single patient was first reported more than 100 years back. Sending you healing thoughts, take good care of yourself. 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