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Large Fibroids and Cancer

Dear Dr. Parker:

I am a 49 year old female recently diagnosed with multiple fibroids. The largest is 17.0 x 10.6 cm transverse and 14.6 cranial/caudal. Also several uterine masses “compatible w/ additional subserosal fibroids” and a thickened uterine wall compatible w/ numerous leiomyomata.

I consulted w/ three doctors, all of whom recommended hysterectomy as my only option. I specifically asked about myomectomy but this was dismissed as “very bloody surgery” and not appropriate to my situation due to the size of my fibroids. It was not until I saw your website that I realized any other option might be possible.

I am scheduled for surgery this Thursday morning. I would very much like to meet with you if this could be done quickly. I am hesitant to cancel my surgery because the past two months have been utter hell. The second doctor spoke at length about cancer, and since then I’ve been a nervous wreck. I can’t stand the waiting and the uncertainty.

My mother is a breast cancer (post-menopausal) survivor, and my father is a colon cancer survivor and has prostate cancer. (My sister has a uterine fibroid.) After reading your website, I wonder if I should have some genetic testing done to decide whether or not it is advisable to keep my ovaries. I wish I had seen all this sooner!
By the way, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for posting all this information, and helping women educate themselves about their options.

Kind regards,

Note: GS came to see me in Santa Monica about 2 weeks ago and we determined with an MRI that she had a pedunculated external fibroid and a fibroid inside her uterine cavity, causing heavy bleeding. A blood test for LDH was normal, making uterine sarcoma extremely unlikely. Therefore, one week ago GS had an abdominal myomectomy with removal of 4 fibroids. The pathology report showed typical, benign fibroids. Her recovery is going well.

Bill Parker, MD


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Fibroid Doctor William H. Parker

Dr. William H. Parker is a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Parker is an internationally recognized expert in fibroid surgery and research. Based in San Diego, California, he is considered one of the best fibroid surgeons for abdominal and laparoscopic myomectomy in the United States and abroad. He has been chosen for Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors every year beginning in the late 90's.

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