U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
CA
A 36-year-old member asked:

how long does ovarian cancer take to develop into stage 3/4?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
This hard question: Ovarian cancer, as well as any other type of cancer, is also graded, apart from staged. The histologic grade of a tumor measures how abnormal or malignant its cells look under the microscope.[42] there are four grades indicating the likelihood of the cancer to spread and the higher the grade, the more likely for this to occur. Grade 0 is used to describe non-invasive tumors. Read below?
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
Hard to know: Most ovarian cancers are already stage 3 or 4 when they are diagnosed so we really don't know how long it took them to get there. In retrospect, many women have had symptoms for many months before their diagnosis. There may also be an asymptomatic stage that could last for months or even years before the symptoms begin.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Similar questions

A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of ovarian cancer and is it very treatable?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Melissa Moffitt
Gynecologic Oncology 17 years experience
Unknown: We aren't sure exactly what the cause of ovarian cancer is yet. Most ovarian cancer is diagnosed at a late stage and is treatable with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Although treatable, advanced ovarian cancer is rarely curable.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
One cause is the genetic BRCA gene family
Jun 2, 2013
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Very true. Having ovarian cancer at any age is a reason to do BRCA testing as part of a genetic risk assessment program.
Jun 2, 2013
Dr. Melissa Moffitt
Gynecologic Oncology 17 years experience
Provided original answer
Yes, however BRCA 1&2 account for only 10-15% of ovarian cancer cases.
Jun 3, 2013
A 40-year-old male asked:

What are the chances of recovering from secondary ovarian cancer?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
This is not a right: Secondary ovarian cancer is not a correct term to describe your cancer. I assume you are saying that it has recurred? In that case there are several drugs and treatments which are commonly used with significant extension of life and occasional cures(possible) but typically it is uncommon to cure ovarian cancer, second time around after failing first line of chemotherapy. Seek an expert opinion for.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is it possible that a 15years old have a ovarian cancer?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Possible: It is possible but not a likely eventuality. You may consult this site for info: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ovarian/index.htm
A 35-year-old member asked:

Why is it that you get the symptoms you do with ovarian cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Ovarian ca: When one is symptomatic due to ovarian cancer- that means the cancer at least already in stage 3 or 4. That means, the cancer has gone outside from the ovary and goes to the peritoneum, mesentery, lymph nodes, or other organs- that is the reason why you have symptoms. If it is in a very early stage- usually it is asymptomatic.
India
A male asked:

Hai Doctor Is ovarian cancer curable at 3rd stage

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Varies: According to the American Cancer Society, 5 year survival rate for ovarian cancer varies depending on the type of cancer. The rates can very from 39% to 87%. So, the best person to answer this question would be the treating oncologist.

Related questions

A 33-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 23-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
A 33-year-old female asked:
2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Aug 28, 2018

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.