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Angelina Jolie Removes Ovaries & Tubes Following Cancer Scare, Is Going Through Menopause

Angelina Jolie Removes Ovaries & Tubes Following Cancer Scare, Is Going Through Menopause

Angelina Jolie Pitt reveals that she has gone into menopause after removing her ovaries and fallopian tubes following a cancer scare.

The 39-year-old actress/director previously had a preventive double mastectomy and the next preventive surgery on the list was the removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes. She will no longer be able to have any biological children.

Angelina decided to have the surgery now after receiving a call from her doctor that her blood-test results showed something that could have been the sign of early cancer. Luckily, further tests came back with the all clear, but Angie decided to have the the surgery. “There was a small benign tumor on one ovary, but no signs of cancer in any of the tissues,” she wrote in a NY Times op-ed piece.

“I chose to keep my uterus because cancer in that location is not part of my family history,” Angelina added. “It is not possible to remove all risk, and the fact is I remain prone to cancer. I will look for natural ways to strengthen my immune system. I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer.’”

Click inside for more of what Angelina Jolie Pitt said about going into early menopause…

“Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause. I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.

I feel deeply for women for whom this moment comes very early in life, before they have had their children. Their situation is far harder than mine. I inquired and found out that there are options for women to remove their fallopian tubes but keep their ovaries, and so retain the ability to bear children and not go into menopause. I hope they can be aware of that.

It is not easy to make these decisions. But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue. You can seek advice, learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power.”

Make sure to read the full, inspiring op-ed now at NYTimes.com!

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  • JPFamily

    Wow, Angelina is such a strong, brave lady.
    She is my hero and I am in awe of her, and will pray for her to remain healthy.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/opinion/angelina-jolie-pitt-diary-of-a-surgery.html

    Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery

    By ANGELINA JOLIE PITT

    MARCH 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — TWO years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy. A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.

    I wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes.

    I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause. So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date.

    Then two weeks ago I got a call from my doctor with blood-test results. “Your CA-125 is normal,” he said. I breathed a sigh of relief. That test measures the amount of the protein CA-125 in the blood, and is used to monitor ovarian cancer. I have it every year because of my family history.

    But that wasn’t all. He went on. “There are a number of inflammatory markers that are elevated, and taken together they could be a sign of early cancer.” I took a pause. “CA-125 has a 50 to 75 percent chance of missing ovarian cancer at early stages,” he said. He wanted me to see the surgeon immediately to check my ovaries.

    I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren.

    I called my husband in France, who was on a plane within hours. The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful.

    That same day I went to see the surgeon, who had treated my mother. I last saw her the day my mother passed away, and she teared up when she saw me: “You look just like her.” I broke down. But we smiled at each other and agreed we were there to deal with any problem, so “let’s get on with it.”

    Nothing in the examination or ultrasound was concerning. I was relieved that if it was cancer, it was most likely in the early stages. If it was somewhere else in my body, I would know in five days. I passed those five days in a haze, attending my children’s soccer game, and working to stay calm and focused.

    The day of the results came. The PET/CT scan looked clear, and the tumor test was negative. I was full of happiness, although the radioactive tracer meant I couldn’t hug my children. There was still a chance of early stage cancer, but that was minor compared with a full-blown tumor. To my relief, I still had the option of removing my ovaries and fallopian tubes and I chose to do it.

    I did not do this solely because I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation, and I want other women to hear this. A positive BRCA test does not mean a leap to surgery. I have spoken to many doctors, surgeons and naturopaths. There are other options. Some women take birth control pills or rely on alternative medicines combined with frequent checks. There is more than one way to deal with any health issue. The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally.

    In my case, the Eastern and Western doctors I met agreed that surgery to remove my tubes and ovaries was the best option, because on top of the BRCA gene, three women in my family have died from cancer. My doctors indicated I should have preventive surgery about a decade before the earliest onset of cancer in my female relatives. My mother’s ovarian cancer was diagnosed when she was 49. I’m 39.

    Last week, I had the procedure: a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. There was a small benign tumor on one ovary, but no signs of cancer in any of the tissues.

    I have a little clear patch that contains bio-identical estrogen. A progesterone IUD was inserted in my uterus. It will help me maintain a hormonal balance, but more important it will help prevent uterine cancer. I chose to keep my uterus because cancer in that location is not part of my family history.

    It is not possible to remove all risk, and the fact is I remain prone to cancer. I will look for natural ways to strengthen my immune system. I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, “Mom died of ovarian cancer.”

    Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause. I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.

    I feel deeply for women for whom this moment comes very early in life, before they have had their children. Their situation is far harder than mine. I inquired and found out that there are options for women to remove their fallopian tubes but keep their ovaries, and so retain the ability to bear children and not go into menopause. I hope they can be aware of that.

    It is not easy to make these decisions. But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue. You can seek advice, learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power.

    Angelina Jolie Pitt is a filmmaker and a U.N. envoy

  • lurker

    She is an inspiration,I wish her continuous good health and happiness

  • Caribbean

    Why is that the headline? Christ

  • Cheyenne

    FFS Jared, couldn’t you come up with a better title for this thread than that?

    Mad props to a very fine and courageous lady.

  • AnotherFan2

    Jared, please show some respect and change your headline.

  • toastie postie

    My thoughts are with this amazing woman. She is strong, brave and loving! Her family and those who are her friends are very fortunate to have such a wonderful person in their lives. Hope all goes well with Angelina and those she loves. Thank you, Angelina, for this wonderfully, well written article, that will help many women and those they love.

  • Cheyenne

    She’s right. Menopause is a normal part of life. I’ve been through it and life is great afterwards.

  • toastie postie

    Cheyenne, I agree with you, Terrible headline, Jared. Please, please change it!

  • Cheyenne

    Most insensitive headline I ever saw in my life. Sign me disgusted.

  • Observer2

    You’re an uniformed idiot.

  • Philippa

    My inspiration forever. Wish her only the very best!

  • Cheyenne

    You stupid b*tch, she has three natural children. Did you think she found them in a cabbage patch?

    Let me clue you in, since you’re so abominably ignorant: sex is better than ever after menopause. No more worries about unplanned pregnancies. Just hop in the sack and let ‘er rip.

  • juju

    u stupid b i t c h
    their 3 kids r biological
    n menopause doesn’t ruin sex
    unless u never liked sex to begin with
    for many sex gets better

  • toastie postie

    A guy must have written it. But surely there are females on staff. Someone slipped badly. Shame.

  • AnotherFan2

    Well said, toastie postie, you took the words right out of my mouth.

  • justno

    You ————————————————-> the point

  • toastie postie

    You are a cretin. Who obviously just crawled out from under a rock.

  • lurker2

    This woman…I honestly have no words any more to express my admiration. She’s a strong and courageous lady.

  • Cheyenne

    Did anyone notice she signed this article Angelina Jolie Pitt?

  • justno

    What was she supposed to sign it as ?

  • toastie postie

    Thank you. We are knew it was coming, but for some odd reason, I’m getting teary-eyed. Sadly, my sometimes pessimistic attitude, wondered how long someone was going to prove to be an insensitive S.O.B. Wasn’t long was it?

  • justno

    Why would you….. ???… Just go to bed!

  • Lily

    Flag trolls. Angelina Jolie Pitt is an extraordinary woman.

  • Cheyenne

    I just wondered if she was using Pitt’s name professionally. I’m glad she’s using it.

  • justno

    Looks like Jared edits by reading the comments, finally.

  • Prayers

    I too hope it isn’t true. I think it is great she is open to the world about such a personal issue.

  • Lylian

    Of the 2 surgeries – the first to remove her breasts and the second to remove her ovaries, to me, this is by far, the more painful and difficult decision. Saddened but glad as well, that she has chosen to do take this active step to protect her health.

    For those who are curious, as a menopausal woman, I can testify that sex is better than ever with judicious use of a little KY Jelly. Desire is in fact heightened because you have no worries about unplanned pregnancies and stomach cramps ….

  • Cheyenne

    He still needs to edit that headline. It’s horrible.

  • lurker

    Angie talks people listen now trending world wide

  • toastie postie

    Prayers, the troglodyte, is an ignorant coward, who ran back under its rock. Knew it wouldn’t be long before the roaches came out of the woodwork. How dare to use such a good word to post with and be the exact opposite of that.

  • HereIamYo

    It was a blind item from the fakeass site crazy days and nights

  • VanityInsecurity

    Thoughts and prayers for this indomitable woman & to her family. She is such an inspiration!

  • lurker

    That is trending world wide

  • Cheyenne

    Honey, your neighbor isn’t knocking boots with Brad Pitt. That makes a major difference.

  • justno

    True, it must be past his bedtime.

  • wika

    It’s really disturbing that on a thread about an inspirational move by Angelina, stupid comments start to appear.

    Lol if you want to talk stupid and ignorant, there are a million other threads out there. Or dumblisted or FF.

  • toastie postie

    Like I said. The roaches are coming out.

  • Cheyenne

    Trust me, Michael K will probably have something stupid and snarky to say about this. He’s such a loser.

  • wika

    Well that’s a Brad bunny boiler logic for you. LOL.

  • HereIamYo

    Okay I had to laugh at the Paul Stanley comparison. Haha

  • HereIamYo

    Her man is way better looking and most likely has more stamina than Brad Pitt, honey. I’m not old so he’s def not my type. I can see Angie wanting to trade him in after a life altering decision. I wouldn’t blame her. When im40 I hope I’m rich and dating a 30 yro or something. Yuck at Brad pitt. Poor Angie.

  • Guest

    FFS can you shut up with that BS? This thread is about Angie. Leave everybody else out of it.

  • Lylian

    Is the slag on Amal necessary? Can’t you be bigger than this level of pettiness? Don’t believe you are JP fan.

  • George

    You PR police or NSA?

  • lucy

    I’ve had both surgeries, and I found the hysterectomy the hardest. I had my uterus removed too, on the advice from the surgeons. No scars on the outside, but the sudden onset of menopause is a shock to the system. I can certainly empathize with her, and all the other women that have gone through this, especially when you have to have the surgery decades before you would normally go through menopause.
    When she wrote that she called her husband (Brad) and he flew home immediately, I know that feeling too. You want the person closest to you when you get that phone call. I remember that feeling well, which was just over two years ago. Angie’s strong, she’ll get through this just fine, many of us have, because, really, what choice do we have. You go on, and you’re thankful that you were at least spared the agony many women have suffered. For one whole month, I was being told, I, in all likelihood, did have ovarian cancer. After the many tests the gyno-oncologist had me go through, the odds were not looking good. That was one scary month, wondering if my tiny baby and 3 year old were going to be raised by someone else. I held on to my babies and my wonderful, supportive husband and got through.

  • Lylian

    JP fans, I apologise. I should not have responded to that troll george. Will flag my post and it’s post. Hope JJ will delete both.

  • Cheyenne

    I just deleted mine. He’s not worth a response.

  • George

    JP is? Amal ugly horse and copying Angie…Killing G’s mojo.
    If Angie ever wants to leave Brad Pity….

  • lucy

    If any hen troll uses this to trash Angie, then, we know for a fact, they are not human. If I were them, I’d be looking over my shoulder all the time, KARMA is a B!TCH. Remember that trolls.

  • George

    Amal born without one…flatter than Lebanese bread.
    Angie is perfection.

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