In an op-ed piece to New York Times, the actress, who had a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer two years ago, announced that she had a “laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.”
Jolie, who lost her mother Marcheline, grandmother and aunt to cancer, received a phone call from her doctor two weeks ago, in which he communicated the results of a blood test.
“Your CA-125 is normal,” her doctor said.
“There are a number of inflammatory markers that are elevated, and taken together they could be a sign of early cancer,” he continued. “CA-125 has a 50 to 75 percent chance of missing ovarian cancer at early stages.”
After the result, the Oscar-winning actress recounted that she wanted to be strong and calm.
After hearing the news, she phoned her husband Brad Pitt who immediately got on a plane to join her.
“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,” Jolie wrote.
Immediately after that, the mom of six went to discuss with the doctor who had treated her mother Marcheline, who died in 2007 due to ovarian cancer.
“I last saw her the day my mother passed away, and she teared up when she saw me: ‘You look just like her,'” she wrote. “I broke down.”
Jolie had to wait for another five days to see the results of additional tests performed to see if her body already had cancerous tumors.
“I passed those five days in a haze, attending my children’s soccer game, and working to stay calm and focused.”
Fortunately, the 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,” she added.
The actress also revealed that she will experience an early menopause due to the procedure.
For more visit the New York Times.