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how can i treat ovarian cancer?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Depends: It will depend on the stage. Curative surgery in early stage of disease plus minus chemotherapy. Debulking surgery is needed and is done by a gynecology-oncologist if the tumor burden is high - then followed by chemotherapy. The treatment will depend on the stage.
Dr. John Geisler
Gynecologic Oncology 27 years experience
Ovarian cancer: Ovarian cancer is treated by a gynecologic oncologist. It i best treated by cytoreductive or staging surgery followed by chemotherapy in most cases.
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan commented
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
While it is usually necessary for a gynecologic oncologist to be involved in treatment because of the need for surgery, chemotherapy can also be given and monitored by a medical oncologist. Some feel it's actually better to leave surgery for the surgeon and chemotherapy to the medical person.
Nov 23, 2012

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Can someone tell me if ovarian cancer is usually fatal (50-50) or easy to treat?

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Ovarian ca: If it is found really early in the stage- it is a curable disease. However the problem is usually it is found at a later stage i.e. Stage 3 or 4. Although at that stages, it is still very treatable, however the recurrence rate for stage 3 is significantly high -and unfortunately stage IV is incurable disease.
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Please help docs! is ovarian cancer usually fatal (50-50) or easy to treat?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
It depends.: The best treatment for ovarian cancer is surgery, and the earlier it is caught, the better the chance for cure. Early ovarian cancer causes vague symptoms like bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, or feelings of pressure. This means ovarian cancer is often not diagnosed until it has grown and spread, when it is harder to treat. If it can't be completely removed by surgery, it is often fatal.

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