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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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Tissue examination: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and physical examination may reveal a mass. There are many causes of a mass in the ovary and once a diagnosis is suspected, it requires removal of tissue and examination by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis. See this site for more info http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-diagnosis.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How can my doctor diagnose ovarian cancer?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anne Rodriguez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Ovarian cancer test: The best initial test for someone with symptoms of ovarian cancer (bloating, gastrointestinal changes, abdominal pain, urinary symptoms) is a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound. This test can alert the doctor to the possibility of ovarian cancer. However, the only definitive way to make a diagnosis is with surgery. There is no effective screening test yet for women without symptoms.
A 24-year-old female asked:

Do I have ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
??????: Why would you ask that , did someone tell you you had ovarian cancer or an ovarian mass, if you are worried see your gyn asap and he or she will do an exam , ultrasound to start out with , then blood work to check also if the ultrasound shows anything suspicious, possible but not very common at your gae.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, what are the chances that this was hereditary?

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Dr. Golder Wilson
Specializes in Clinical Genetics
Low chance: Without a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, a single case of ovarian cancer has a low risk to be caused by a single gene mutation (e.g., the brca1 or brca2 mutations). However, testing for brca can be considered with an isolated case of ovarian cancer, particularly if it is in a women under 45 or the woman has children who would be at 50% risk of inheriting a brca mutation.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in your 20s?

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Dr. Edward Jacobs
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: But, it is very rare. There are different types of ovarian ca. Some types affect women in their 20's and other types affect older women. See your md for further evaluation and advice !

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