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Doctor insights on: Avastin Ovarian Side Effects

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What are your thoughts on avastin (bevacizumab) for ovarian cancer?

What are your thoughts on  avastin (bevacizumab)  for ovarian cancer?

Get the facts: You need a good relationship with at least two very ethical oncologists. You'll spend a huge amount of your or someone else's money for a treatment that makes the cancer stay smaller but probably doesn't prolong life and puts you at risk for death from massive hemorrhage. In the process, you will be adding to scientific knowledge. Informed consent rules; you decide. ...Read more

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Can Abraxane and Avastin (bevacizumab) be used for treating ovarian cancer?

Can Abraxane and Avastin (bevacizumab) be used for treating ovarian cancer?

Yes it is an option: The standard therapy for ovarian cancer initially is still a taxane (usually Taxol) and Carboplatin. However, Abraxane is an effective taxane down the line for recurrences, and is potentially less toxic. Avastin (bevacizumab) has been combined safely with Abraxane and the two may be helpful for recurrence management. But the question is a bit difficult to answer concretely because circumstances differ. ...Read more

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Mom has stg 4 ovarian cancer with recurrence. Is now on avastin (bevacizumab). She feels good, ascetis has gone down, however ca125 has gone from 211 to 3000. Why?

Mom has stg 4 ovarian cancer with recurrence. Is now on avastin (bevacizumab). She feels good, ascetis has gone down, however ca125 has gone from 211 to 3000. Why?

Good question: Why? It is definitely something her oncologist should be concerned about and should try to answer the question. Your mom should get some evaluation done-i.e. Some imaging studies- like ct and or pet scan to answer the question and to see whether Avastin (bevacizumab) alone perhaps is not enough. ...Read more

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What is bilateral ovarian calcification, side effects and risks?

What is bilateral ovarian calcification, side effects and risks?

No side effects : Each time you ovulate, you rupture a tiny ovarian cyst that contained the egg. Each time this happens, you have an area on the ovary which has to heal. Calcification results from this healing. The older you are and the more ovulations you have the more calcifications you will have this can be seen on x-ray. ...Read more

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What is the safest method to preventing ovarian cysts, with less side effects?

What is the safest method to preventing ovarian cysts, with less side effects?

Depends on type cyst: Ovarian cysts that are functional cysts - cysts that come and go on their own - can often be prevented by birth control pills or Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone). Speak with your doctor about which is best for you. Ovarian cysts that are benign growths, that don't go away on their own, need surgery to remove them. ...Read more

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Is the hCG diet safe? I bought drops but am scared of side effects. I have ovarian cysts and heard hCG can turn them cancerous? Is this true?

Is the hCG diet safe? I bought drops but am scared of side effects. I have ovarian cysts and heard hCG can turn them cancerous? Is this true?

It's silly stuff: The 'hcg diet' is an 800-calorie severely restrictive diet and this is why you lose weight. The overpriced placebo that is tacked on will probably do nothing. Further, HCG does not turn ovarian cysts cancerous. Why not take the money and join a fitness club, make friends, and embark on a far happier and less fear-darkened life? Cheers. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have an ovarian cyst or just side effects from Depo-Provera shot?

How to tell if I have an ovarian cyst or just side effects from Depo-Provera shot?

Discuss with doc : It is normal for a small cyst to develop on the ovaries from time to time. Ovarian cysts are quite common in women during their reproductive years and may be a single cyst or many cysts. Most cysts are benign and only require monitoring. Most are cysts which develops from tissue that changes in the normal process of ovulation. They usually disappear within 6-8 weeks. ...Read more