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how long can ovarian cancer be left untreated?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
???: Why? Even patients with advanced cancer can be treated successfully for control of symptoms and sometimes do well for over a year. Progressive ovarian cancer can be quite unpleasant so i'm not sure why it would be left untreated. Of course, if the patient has already received multiple chemos, it would be a different situation. To answer your ?, it depends but probably not for long.

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How can I reduce my risk for ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Don't smoke: Many of the risk factors for ovarian cancer can't be changed- such as family history, early onset of menses, late menses, and no pregnancies. Enviromnental risk factors include smoking and obesity.
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How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Biopsy: (see similar question/answer). Most (all?) cancers need a biopsy to be definitively diagnosed. Tests such as imaging (eg, pelvic ultrasound) or laboratory tests (eg, ca-125) may be suspicious for ovarian cancer, but a biopsy and pathology study needs to be done.
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Who is at risk for ovarian cancer?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Increased risk...: ...is associated with increased age, women with a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, women with the genetic BRCA modifications, and certain ethnicities. These groups have a higher risk than the overall lifetime risk for women in the US of 1.6%.
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What tests can diagnose ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Biopsy: While imaging (eg, pelvic ultrasound) or laboratory tests (eg, ca-125) may be suspicious for ovarian cancer, only a biopsy can definitively diagnosis ovarian cancer.
A 21-year-old member asked:

After treatment for ovarian cancer, how often do I need to be checked?

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Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham
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Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Frequently at first: Often, there is very close follow up after ovarian cancer treatment - every 3-4 months generally. Once the cancer is in remission for over a year or so, this may extend to every 6 months. The exact follow-up schedule will depend on the type of ovarian cancer, stage of the cancer, and type of treatment.

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