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A 47-year-old female asked:

Daughter of an acquaintance just diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 24. idk any details. what is her prognosis? thank you

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Dr. Jeff Lin
Dr. Jeff Linanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
Need details: Especially at such a young age the specific cancer type is important; sometimes patients will think that they were told they have cancer but turns out not to be the case - borderline tumor, for example, can seem like cancer on the pathology report, etc. Sorry, but you really need to give more details for us to anchor any such discussion.
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Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 50 years experience
Depends on stage: Early age of onset suggests this patient may be a carrier of a BRCA mutation. Prognosis depends primarily on stage, so without that information, it is not possible to give an estimate of her prognosis. If she has early stage cancer, then her prognosis is good with a 5 year survival around 75-80%. Stage III or IV carries a much lower survival rate.
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Dr. Brad Douglas
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
There is a little more to this that a 'simple' diagnosis of ovarian cancer - as to what type of cancer is this - as there are many types of ovarian cancer - such as germ cell, epithelial cell - and this really makes a difference. Plus, then there are staging too - so hence this patient NEEDS to be seen by a Gynecologist-Oncologist - as Gyn-ONCs take care of ALL the treatment for Ovarian Cancers.
Jun 14, 2018
Dr. Caroline Billingsley
15 years experience
It is stage dependen: It depends on her stage. Early stage ov ca (stage I) has excellent prognosis of with over 90% of patients experiencing a cure. Unfortunately later stage disease- stage III/IV has a worse prognosis, though with aggressive surgery and chemotherapy, cure can happen, though roughly 40% surviving at 5 years
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