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Had chemo & debulk surgery for 4th stage ovarian cancer had 2 surgery for bowel obstruct now have hernia & bowel obstruction what's my life expectancy?

Had chemo & debulk surgery for 4th stage ovarian cancer had 2 surgery for bowel obstruct now have hernia & bowel obstruction what's my life expectancy?

Variable: While the percentage of patients alive at five years from many stage 4 cancers is low, it is not zero, and you never know which group you are in as an individual. That doesn't mean to ignore the stats, but in the end, you are not a statistic, but an individual. It should be mostly about quality of life rather than quantity for most folks, so don't give up hope, and have an active say in your care. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What happens in the 4th stage of ovarian cancer, how long is life expectancy in this final stage?

What happens in the 4th stage of ovarian cancer, how long is life expectancy in this final stage?

Unpredictable: There are many different types of ovarian cancer. Stage IV means it is in the liver or outside the peritoneal cavity. Two types can still be cured most of the time no matter how advanced. Around 15% of women with other stage IV ovarian cancers are alive 5 years later. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is ovarian cancer?

What is ovarian cancer?

Cancer in ovary: Malignancy (cancer) that arises from the epithelium, stroma, or germ cells of the ovary. There can also be metastatic disease to the ovaries from cancer elsewhere. ...Read more

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Ovarian cancer symtoms?

None specific, early: Unfortunately there are no specific symptoms in early disease, other than vague symptoms like bloating, abdominal discomfort etc. See the following site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...Read more

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Do I have ovarian cancer?

Do I have ovarian cancer?

Probably not: But you'll have to give us a few more clues to get our input, but better to see your doctor to discuss prospect and risk. Unless fm hx, brca-2 +, i would not worry at 24. ...Read more

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Fluid with ovarian cancer?

Depends: If you are asking if there is fluid seen with ovarian cancer, then yes some ovarian cancers can cause excess abdominal fluid called ascites. ...Read more

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What caused ovarian cancer?

What caused ovarian cancer?

Possible Risk Factor: Risk factors for ovarian cancer include increasing age, obesity, prolonged use of fertility drugs, and family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer, especially for persons with brca 1 or 2 mutations. However, it's impossible to know why any individual develops cancer since having a risk factor does not guarantee the disease will develop and many people with cancer may not have risk factor. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer caused?

How is ovarian cancer caused?

No one cause: There is no specific cause for ovarian cancer, but several risk factors have been identified. Women who have a family history of either ovarian, breast, or colon cancer all are at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Most ovarian cancers are diagnosed in the six or seventh decades of life, and typically arise from the ovarian epithelium. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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How common is ovarian cancer?

How common is ovarian cancer?

About 20K per year: In the United States there are about 20, 000 new cases of ovarian cancer per year. ...Read more

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I think i have ovarian cancer?

I think i have ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Why do you think you have ovarian cancer?That usually occurs in an older age group....most ovarian lesions at your age are benign. If you have concerns about something, best to see your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How can I treat ovarian cancer?

How can I treat ovarian cancer?

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. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer detected?

How is ovarian cancer detected?

A few ways: Often it's asymptomatic until it's well advanced. If there's any early symptoms it's going to be vague ones that ladies are plagued with anyway like bloating and pelvic pain and bladder irritation. Testing 1st involves a pelvic exam (a small mass will be hard to feel), an ultrasound, possibly an MRI. A ca125 is a blood test that's usually elevated in ovarian cancer, but other things elevate it too. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

Tissue examination: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and physical examination may reveal a mass. There are many causes of a mass in the ovary and once a diagnosis is suspected, it requires removal of tissue and examination by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis. See this site for more info http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer ever be cured?

Can ovarian cancer ever be cured?

Yes: Ovarian cancer can be cured especially when it is discovered early. One of the challenges with ovarian cancer is that it is often discovered when it is more advanced because there are no effective screening tools and the disease can often be asymptomatic until it is more advanced. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for ovarian cancer?

Increased risk...: ...is associated with increased age, women with a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, women with the genetic BRCA modifications, and certain ethnicities. These groups have a higher risk than the overall lifetime risk for women in the US of 1.6%. ...Read more

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How fast does ovarian cancer spread?

It's variable.: Some ovarian cancers spread very slowly - over years, even. The most common form of ovarian cancer likely spreads more quickly than that (weeks to months), but every patient with ovarian cancer is different. ...Read more

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What age does ovarian cancer strike?

What age does ovarian cancer strike?

Depend: It really depend on your genes if you have strong family history of ovarian or breast cancer it might strike earlier you doctor can run test on your gene to make sure you do not have the one that can cause cancer ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A typically silend cancer which ...Read more