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A 32-year-old member asked:

what are the survival rates for ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Depends on stage: Unfortunately, the survival rates for advanced ovarian cancer remain poor, despite advances in treatment. The overall survival at 5 years is 46%. However, survival varies greatly depending on the stage at diagnosis. Those diagnosed at stage I have a 5 year survival rate of around 80%, stage ii is around 55%, stage iii is around 30%, and stage IV is around 10%.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr commented
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
The survival may also depend on the abilities of the first surgeon that operates on you. We try to remove as much tumor as possible (debulking). Gynecologic oncologists are the most qualified to do this procedure, although some surgical oncologists have experience in this area, as well.
Jan 27, 2012
Dr. Stanley Weiss
Medical Oncology 43 years experience
I concur that the initial surgery is a critical aspect. Subsequent therapy can improve life span & quality of life. It's important to catch ovarian cancer as early as possible. If there is a family history or a known genetic predisposition, careful follow-up is important. In addition, if a hysterectectomy is under consideration, removal of the ovaries and tubes should be carefully considered.
Jan 31, 2012
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 23 years experience
Variable: There are many different types of ovarian cancers and survival depends of type, how far the cancer has advanced (stage) and each persons response to treatment. For the most common ovarian cancers, expect 95% survival at 5-years if early stage but less than 20% if advanced stage.

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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?

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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?

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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

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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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