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Carlyn's Story


Carlyn"s Story

Their amazing staff gave me the gift of life in more ways than one.

Carlyn didn’t know when she took her vows that she and her husband would be challenged so quickly, but that was okay. In November 2006 Carlyn went to have a cyst removed… it was just a cyst. Women get cysts all the time, no big deal, or so she thought. Carlyn was diagnosed with ovarian cancer days after her cyst was removed.

A variety of surgical options were presented by Carlyn's doctor.  She learned that the standard procedure is to remove the uterus (commonly called a hysterectomy) and both ovaries and fallopian tubes. It is also common to remove the omentum (a layer of fatty tissue that covers the abdomen) in addition to the lymph nodes in the pelvis and abdomen.  

It is sometimes possible, like in Carlyn's case, for younger women who want to become pregnant and have very early stage cancer, only the affected ovary may be removed. The majority of her cancer cells were low-grade, but there were signs of high-grade.  Carlyn's surgeon chose to treat it aggressively even though the majority of cells were not aggressive cells.

"After my ovarian cancer diagnosis, my dream of becoming a mother was fading away. But thanks to Banner Desert Medical Center that dream was kept alive. My medical team was able to save one of my ovaries, so there's still a chance I can conceive. Because being a mother is really important to me, it was important to them. That's the way Banner Desert Medical Center cares for their patients."

After surgery and a number of biopsies everything came back negative.  Carlyn underwent the recommend chemotherapy and was done on May 7, 2007.

"When you're fighting cancer, there's no such thing as routine care.  My innovative, individualized treatment plan and Banner Desert's wide array of specialists made all the difference."  

"I am living proof."

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