The pain in her lower-right pelvis started when Amy Hansen was about five weeks pregnant.
It was attributed to an ovarian cyst, a painful condition but not one to be too concerned about. Ovarian cysts can occur during pregnancy, she was told, and it’s often not a problem. Her doctor drained the cyst.
“But it continued to grow,” Hansen said, “and grow more painful.”
Eleven weeks into her pregnancy, her doctor sought to remove it. It was during the procedure they discovered the 10-centimeter tumor. The surgeon removed her right ovary and sent the tissue in for pathology.
“It’s actually the equivalent of testicular cancer in women,” said Dr. Diana Medgyesy, an oncologist in the Cancer Care and HematologyDepartment of UCHealth Northern Colorado's Poudre Valley Hospital.