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Ana Levels In Ovarian Cancer
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
No: This is worrisome though, especially if it's well above the reference range and there's no clear explanation. (Mild elevations mean little and the range is set so that several percent of healthies fall above.) Get with your physician about this. ...Read more
I have heard that low FSH levels can be associated with a higher risk of ovarian cancer. Why is this?
Yes: You are right. Study by m a mcsorley et al int j of cancer 2009 aug 1 12593) 674-679 contradicts the popular belief that higher fsh levels will cause cancer. In this study risk is decreased with higher levels of fsh and lower levels are associated with ovarian cancers and it is a puzzle to me also, hope one of our expert oncologist will unravel. ...Read more
How I decrease my high prolactin level to get pregnant. Can high prolactin level cause ovarian cancer I read on net. I am afraid of please advice?
Prolactin production: Is a peptide made in he pituitary. Levels can be measured to see if yours is abnormally high. It can be raised by nipple stimulation or dysregulated growth that can be found on imaging. While there is medical treatment, you need an endocrinologist to help guide the path. ...Read more
My wife has very high estrogen level she did have ovarian cancer which was removed she had blood tests the other day and her estrogen level were 2000?
Talk with your doc: As a gynecologic oncologist, I don't usually follow estrogen as a marker for ovarian cancer. There are a few rare exceptions (granulosa cell tumors). Estrogen is also made in fat cells. You and your wife should have a conversation with her doctor about why they are sending estrogen levels at all. Aromatase inhibitors are a group of drugs that prevent estrogen production and can be used to treat. ...Read more
Growing cells.: Cancer starts when a cell gets damaged and keeps growing. Normal cells grow and divide at different times in life, but then stop. Cancer cells never stop. They don't have an "off"switch. Ovarian cancer is simply an ovarian cell that started dividing and kept going. Over time, the cancer cells gain the ability to invade and move to different places. I hope that helps! ...Read more
My ca125 levels are slightly elevated and there is a solid mass on my ovary, should I be concerened that it is ovarian cancer?
Depends: Ask your gyn. A solid mass is concerning, but your age, menopausal status, and the ultrasound characteristics are important as well. Elevated ca-125 suggests ovarian cancer, but may be somewhat elevated in many benign conditions, as well, including endometriosis. All of this needs a discussion with your gyn and a possible referral to a gyn oncologist - who are the real experts in this area. ...Read more
Have high prolactin levels haven't had period for 6 months stomach is starting to become bloated but flat in the morning could I have ovarian cancer?
No. Don't worry!: High prolactin can be caused by a tumor in the pituitary (called a prolactinoma). It can also be caused by medications, hypothyroidism, or smoking marijuana. Do you know why your prolactin level is high? A high prolactin level can cause menstrual changes and infertility. Bloating is not usually a symptom, and bloating is common. This is not ovarian cancer! But you need an answer. Talk to your doc! ...Read more
Mother has ovarian cancer. What can cause her to also have bowel blockage and can't pass any stool, to feel very week, and have high calcium level?
Small bowel obstruct: Small bowel obstruction is seen frequently in patients following initial treatment for ovarian cancer. Any surgery or cancer in the peritoneum can give rise to fibrous strands called adhesions which can "strangle" the small bowel causing bowel blockage. Because of the decreased nutrition, this can also lead to a feeling of weakness. The elevated calcium may not be related. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Varies / nonspecific: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific and may include: abdominal pressure / fullness / bloating, pelvic discomfort / pain, persistent indigestion / gas / nausea, changes in bowel habits (such as constipation), changes in bladder habits, loss of appetite or quickly feeling full, increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist, lack of energy, and low back pain. ...Read more
Very few initially.: Ovarian cancer is hard to diagnose early due to the lack of symptoms initially and the non-specific symptoms which develop as the disease progresses. In general, symptoms can range from bloating, increasing abdominal size, nausea, decreased appetite, weight loss and pain. ...Read more
History: Including family history, physical exam with pelvic looks at ervix, and bimanual exam, & rectal exam to probe for masses, shelf, and overt and secret blood. Then begins imaging: u/s, ct. If a mass is confirmed, it needs biopsy. Only after DX is made is a ca-125 potentially helpful, not as a screen. ...Read more
Bloating, fullness: Unfortunately, ovarian cancer often causes vague symptoms which are often mild so the patient is not brought to medical attention until the cancer is advanced. Some symptoms can include bloating, changes in urinary or bowel habits, a feeling of fullness, and increased abdominal size. These symptoms are often present daily. ...Read more
Non specific: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific. They often mimic other common conditions. These may include: abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating, pelvic discomfort or pain, persistent indigestion, gas or nausea, changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate, loss of appetite or quickly feeling full, and low back pain. ...Read more
Often none: One of the reasons that ovarian cancer has such a poor prognosis overall is that it usually does not cause symptoms and thus is not found until it has become fairly advanced and more difficult to treat. While it can cause vague spyoma as described most cases are asymptomatic until its had a chance to progress. If you have a concern or are at high risk genetically, talk to your md about screening. ...Read more
Early on, few if any signs.
As the cancer progresses, one may feel abd / pelvic pain, bloating, constipation, urinary frequency or pain, early satiety (feeling full too soon when eating), fatigue, menstrual pains, painful intercourse.
Hard to detect from signs alone. If several of these signs are present, see your doctor.. ...Read more
An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a screening test and a positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted. No blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number ...Read more
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