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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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Hi. Ovarian cancer, spread to bowel. Was considered for HIPEC but spread to small bowel means surgery not possible. Any alternatives to palliative chemo?

Hi. Ovarian cancer, spread to bowel. Was considered for HIPEC but spread to small bowel means surgery not possible. Any alternatives to palliative chemo?

Here are my suggesti: Ovarian Cancer often involved multiple organs in the abdomen including the small bowel. In fact the bowel involvement is very common. Because of the above reasoning, surgery (often called Debulking surgery) is commonly done first treatment for optimum results. Chemotherapy is often done following surgery (with a few exceptions where Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (done first, before surgery) is preferred. ...Read more

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My mom, ovarian cancer, stage iiib, had the second surgery, the abdomen is hard and heavy seems, she felt uncomfortable, what is symptomatic?

My mom, ovarian cancer, stage iiib, had the second surgery, the abdomen is hard and heavy seems, she felt uncomfortable, what is symptomatic?

Not sure I...: ...Understand your question. If you are asking for the meaning of "symptomatic", then dr. Legha answered your question. If not, you may want to restate it. Either way make sure your mother's oncologist is aware of any new developments. Best to you both. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with a bowel obstruction after cancer surgery?

How long can a person live with a bowel obstruction after cancer surgery?

Need more info.: How soon after the surgery did the bowel obstruction occur? Is it a large- or small bowel obstruction? Do the doctors believe the obstruction is due to recurrent cancer or adhesions? Is it an incomplete or complete obstruction? Please ask these questions of the treating physicians for a better understanding of this complex problem. ...Read more

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I have a 6cm simple functional ovarian cyst that is possibly causing bowel obstruction, heartburn, nausea, and moderate pain. Will surgery solve it?

I have a 6cm simple functional ovarian cyst that is possibly causing bowel obstruction, heartburn, nausea, and moderate pain. Will surgery solve it?

I think: That the number of symptoms/conditions assigned to this 6 cm single ovarian cyst are just too many and, in my opinion, it is VERY unlikely that all your rpoblems will be solved by removing it!

My opinion only
Good Luck
Dr Z ...Read more

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I had surgery for ovarian cancer & it was stage 1a & contained. No treatment required. Am I considered as survivor?

I had surgery for ovarian cancer & it was stage 1a & contained. No treatment required. Am I considered as survivor?

Yes: Was your cancer a borderline malignancy? Often if no treatment is required it's because the mass was considered borderline. But yes, you are a survivor (in more ways than one!). I'm sure your doctor recommended continued surveillance? So glad you caught it early! ...Read more

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Does surgery cause ovarian cancer to spread?

Not usually: The majority of ovarian cancers are diagnosed after it has already spread widely through the body. Surgery does not usually make this worse, but helps the treatment by decreasing the bulk of the cancer. ...Read more

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I need to know what is ovarian cancer treatment and surgery?

I need to know what is ovarian cancer treatment and surgery?

Surgery, maybe chemo: Ovarian cancer almost always requires surgery to remove the ovaries and any visible cancer. Many ovarian cancers also require treatment with chemotherapy; usually two drugs are used. Bthe treatment plan depends on the stage of the cancer and the particular subtype. ...Read more

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My doc thinks I have ovarian cancer. Who should do the surgery?

My doc thinks I have ovarian cancer. Who should do the surgery?

Ovarian cancer: Ovarian cancer is treated by a gynecologic oncologist. It is best treated by cytoreductive or staging surgery followed by chemotherapy in most cases. ...Read more

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I have pain in my bowel which is sore all the time. I have had ovarian cancer?

See Dr.: With your history of cancer, and depending on if you needed radiation tx, etc. That could affect your bowel area. It could be several other bowel conditions as well. You are young at 39 and should not have to suffer with bowel pain. Get regular evals with your dr. And discuss the problem as a good exam and a few tests may help you get the proper treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My mother has stage 1c ovarian cancer. ..But there has been spillage by surgery. .... But we had it operated within 2 weeks. Possibility of spreading?

My mother has stage 1c ovarian cancer. ..But there has been spillage by surgery. .... But we had it operated within 2 weeks. Possibility of spreading?

Ovarian ca: With the spillage- there is always a possibility of spreading however I am sure your gyne-oncologist was able to perform a very good jod to remove everything and to take sample of tissue on the pelvic and abdominal area, correct? . Following surgery, your mother is recommended to get chemotherapy with combination of Carboplatin and Paclitaxel for her stage ic. Please discuss further with her doctor. ...Read more

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What does this mean I have ovarian cancer after surgery and chemo it returned in a month. Now diagnosis is cancer metastic to peritoneum and to liver?

What does this mean I have ovarian cancer after surgery and chemo it returned in a month. Now diagnosis is cancer metastic to peritoneum and to liver?

TIME 4 NEW TREATMENT: I assume recurrence occurred 1 month after completing chemo, this is considered platinum resistant disease. Options - bevacizumab, liposomal doxorubicin or clinical trial looking at a new experimental drug for platinum resistance. Talk to your oncologist. ...Read more

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Is there a gyno-oncologist in my area that will work with an obese female? My primary dr diagnosed me with ovarian cancer. He is a medical oncologist and cannot do surgery. He sent me to gyno-oncologist in hawthorne and he said he could not do anything w

Is there a gyno-oncologist in my area that will work with an obese female? My primary dr diagnosed me with ovarian cancer. He is a medical oncologist and cannot do surgery. He sent me to gyno-oncologist in hawthorne and he said he could not do anything w

I: I agree with dr doherty's response and encourage you to seek another opinion. Many gynecologic oncologists are quite comfortable operating on obese women. That being said, it may be possible that Megace (megestrol) treatment is the best option for you at this point. ...Read more

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I have stage4 ovarian cancer and bowel cancer what is my life expectancy?

I have stage4 ovarian cancer and bowel cancer what is my life expectancy?

We can not answer th: In all sicerity we can not answer that as we do not have enough information
this question better be answered by the oncologist who is treating you
ask him/her at your next appointment. ...Read more

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It's more than 12 weeks post-surgery for stage 3 ovarian cancer. Is it too late to benefit from chemotherapy?

Unknown: Most oncologists prefer to treat patients with a malignancy like ovarian cancer within 12 weeks from their diagnosis. At 12 weeks post surgery you are right on the edge. However, I think most oncologists would want to treat you because of the nature of ovarian cancer. You should have restaging studies with a ct scan as well. Definitely ask your oncologist, as there are many variable here. ...Read more

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Age 76, stg IV ovarian cancer, debulking surgery, 3 chemos. Ca 125 normal. Is lymphnode dissection advisable? Comment on quality vs quantity of life?

Quality of life: In end stage cancer quality of life is essential but patient 's decision is equally important. 76 yr old could be very healthy 76, in stage IV some do respond well to chemo, will have quality & comfortable, remaining part of life, so choice should be left to the person. Also to follow the advice of doctors, if unsure to take a second opinion, treating md will be glad to refer. ...Read more

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Why is stage 3 ovarian cancer often considered incurable (though treated with intent to cure)? In this case, with secondary tumour in bowel

Why is stage 3 ovarian cancer often considered incurable (though treated with intent to cure)? In this case, with secondary tumour in bowel

Cure still possible: Stage 3 ovarian cancer has a high risk of mortality but cure is still a possibility in about 30% of the patients treated be a competent onciologist. Did she have surgical removal of her tumors in the belly and those in the intestine? Surgical debulking is an important component of treatment and is complementary to chemotherapy killing off small tumors. ...Read more

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Ciii ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin. In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Ciii ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin. In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Many options: Choosing chemo depends on many factors, so only your doctor can decide what might work for you. Drugs you haven't mentioned include altretamine, capecitabine, cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) vinorelbine, ifosfamide, etoposide, and irinotecan. There are also several hormonal agents. And a clinical trial might be an option. Check out www.Cancer.Gov for more info. And good luck. ...Read more

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If you have ovarian cancer can you freeze your eggs before your oophorectomy surgery?

If you have ovarian cancer can you freeze your eggs before your oophorectomy surgery?

Not recommended: If you have ovarian cancer, your first priority must be to have the ovaries and all possible cancer cells removed. Attempting to harvest eggs could potentially spread the cancer to other places in the abdomen and cause delays in your cancer treatment. ...Read more

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What would be the symptoms of ovarian cancer that has metastasized to the bowel?

What would be the symptoms of ovarian cancer that has metastasized to the bowel?

All the ax of ovaria: N plus possible signs of bowel obstruction as the cancer as it wraps itself around the bowel. Also, possibly malabsorption syndromes secondary to the lack of functionality of the bowel. Also, vomiting, secondary to obstruction. ...Read more

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Don't know if you know the dr I picked but I am convinced myself I have ovarian cancer I want an oopherectomy I am petrified of surgery is a laparoscopy a big deal?

Don't know if you know the dr I picked but I am convinced myself I have ovarian cancer I want an oopherectomy I am petrified of surgery is a laparoscopy a big deal?

Find trusted doctor: Before any surgery, I recommend finding a physician you can talk with and be sure to get a good history and exam first. It is critical to share your fear you have cancer, and say why you are convinced you do. The doctor should ask your perspective, and be open to your real emotions, and the two of you should decide how best to evaluate your problem. Short answer, laparoscopy less invasive than surgery. ...Read more

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No chemo for stage II grade 1 ovarian cancer no macroscopic disease after surgery do you agree.?

Ovarian cancer: In europe they do not treat with chemo, in the us we have higher survival and lower recurrence and we treat with carboplatin/paclitaxel. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cancer, I had surgery and chemo. It was only clear for a month and came back. What happens now, doctors say the can't cure it?

Assemble your team: Getting such bad news has to be overwhelming. There is always hope. You should get your team (family, doctors, friends, clergy, etc) and set goals that are realistic and achievable. Work toward these goals, changing them when necessary as you travel on your journey. ...Read more

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I completed chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. No cancer was detected in followup tests. Am I still at risk for cancer? #nqlu my chemotherapy started last sept. And ended in early jan. Last nov., I had surgery (hysterectomy). I have since had clean reading

I completed chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. No cancer was detected in followup tests. Am I still at risk for cancer? #nqlu my chemotherapy started last sept. And ended in early jan. Last nov., I had surgery (hysterectomy). I have since had clean reading

Yes, you are.: You are always at a risk of your cancer returning. The higher your stage, the higher the risk. The goal of chemotherapy is to kill any cells that were not removed by surgery. Hopefully that worked and got every last cancer cell, but ovarian cancer has a nasty tendency to come back. Go here for the statistics: http://seer. Cancer. Gov/statfacts/html/ovary. Html ...Read more

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My mother in law had debulikng surgery 4 weeks ago for ovarian cancer. She was diagnosed 3c. Her inscion is not healing. What about chemo?

Need wound care: Most likely subcutaneous tissue had some collection of fluid and opened, more often it happens in slightly obese person, ask your doctor to refer to wound care specialist, with vac drainage will hasten healing, with open wounds, oncologist will not give chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Having bowel issues w/cramping and feeling urge to go more than usual. Backache as well. Had a normal pelvic u/s 2 months ago. Can this be ovarian cancer?

Having bowel issues w/cramping and feeling urge to go more than usual. Backache as well. Had a normal pelvic u/s 2 months ago. Can this be ovarian cancer?

Tenesmus and Urgency: 47 year old lady with rectal tenesmus, cramping, urgency and backache. You definitely have gastrointestinal symptoms. You should see your MD for a full examination and evaluation for inflammatory bowel disease. Do you have weight loss? What is your family history? Describe when exactly this began and how many times a day you have a BM. Blood? Mucous? Pus? Fever? Medications/Medconditions? Good luck ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more