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A 45-year-old member asked:

are there any good tests for ovarian cancer screening?

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Dr. Joel Pranikoff
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Annual exam: The best screening remains the annual pelvic exam coupled with a careful history. The ca125 , ova-1 and other tumor markers in conjunction with a vaginal probe ultrasound are useful in some patients. Always report any unusual symptoms to your gynecologist. Pay attention to your body.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This is VERY good advice. The screens seem to generate as much trouble as they do good; there's no substitute to you, yourself, sensing a change inside your body.
Apr 6, 2012
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Not really.: Three things are done in work-up - physical exan, ca-125 test, and trans-vaginal ultrasound. The last test is done because physical exam and ca-125 are not specific enough. Trans-vaginal ultrasound can detect lesions in this area. Apart from this, the definitive test is surgery to remove the lesion and examine under miccroscopy.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: There are not many good tests for screening for cancer in general and none satisfactory ones for ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancers have only vague abdominal symptoms in early stages, therefore women should seek care for unexplained abdominal symptoms.

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How does one test for streptococcus mutans on teeth?

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A member asked:

My sister just diagnosis with grade 3 endometrial cancer with clear cells why are clear cells so aggressive?

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Dr. Michael Swor
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Various cell types: Endometrial cancer is characterized by stage and cell type. Clear cell is a description of the type of cells and simply behave in a more aggressive growth pattern than others.
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The clear cell doesn't make it more aggressive, but it is a description of the cell type. Endometrial or ovarian cancer when it is poorly differentiated (grade 3) has a more aggressive behavior, made more so when stage is include (extent of disease).
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A 30-year-old female asked:

Husbnd has stg 4 cirrosis liver cncer, I know the cirrosis is stage 4 but confused about how severe (what stage) liver cancer is?

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Dr. William A Biermann
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Hard to say: Typical staging of cirrhosis is by a, b, c and not numbers. There might be another scale that they are using. Liver cancer is associated with cirrhosis. Stages are 1-4. I think that the best way to know is to clarify with the GI doctors to get a clear idea.

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