Pregnant with her third child, Kylie was relieved when the cystic tumour detected in her ovary disappeared at 19 weeks. But when it came time for her baby to be born, emergency scans revealed that the tumour hadn’t disappeared at all – but was now so large that it was blocking the birth canal.
After a C-section and surgery to remove the tumour, she was told that she had pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) – a rare cancer that can spread through the lining of the abdominal cavity. Kylie’s specialist advised that the disease had spread to her diaphragm, and that she would need to undergo a highly invasive operation known as cytoreductive surgery, followed by chemotherapy.
Distraught by the news, Kylie consulted a second specialist who provided a completely different diagnosis of ovarian cancer, recommending a full hysterectomy.
Kylie had access to Best Doctors through her MLC Life Insurance policy. When she reached out to Best Doctors, a leading gynaecological oncologist came to a dramatically different conclusion: he agreed with the PMP diagnosis, but recommended regular monitoring only as it was highly unlikely that the cancer would progress. The expert provided Kylie with information on how – in the unlikely case it did eventually spread – she could confirm the best possible procedures and therapy options for her.