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A 63-year-old female asked:

what are the chances of long-term survival after a third recurrence of ovarian cancer?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 17 years experience
Not good: Ovarian cancer (serous carcinoma) is devastating, as it often is discovered at a late stage. With recurrent disease, a cure is very unlikely. Depending upon the extent of disease and response of tumor to chemotherapy, and most importantly, the body's ability to tolerate the medication, most patients with recurrent disease can expect a survival of several months to a few years.
Dr. John Geisler
Gynecologic Oncology 27 years experience
Ovarian cancer : Ovarian cancer is a very serious often terminal disease. Gyn oncologists now treat it as a chronic, serious disease. However, with proper care more and more patient are living 5 years and more. Depending on the tumor's responsiveness to surgery and chemo, survival can be several years even after a 3rd, 4th or 5th recurrence.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Agree with Dr. Geisler. It is difficult to predict the course of an individual tumor.
Nov 21, 2012

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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?

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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.
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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.

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