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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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Aunt and grt-grandma (dad's side) died of ovarian cancer. Both post-menopause (aunt 59, ggm late 60s), both had kids in 20s. Heredity or coincidence?

Aunt and grt-grandma (dad's side) died of ovarian cancer. Both post-menopause (aunt 59, ggm late 60s), both had kids in 20s. Heredity or coincidence?

Likely coincidence: Hard to say, but the association is much stronger with first degree relatives (sisters, mothers, etc). Your history does not rule out a hereditary component, so make sure you let your primary care physician know. ...Read more

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Hello, i am writing regarding my mom she has been on her period almost 11 she is 42 years old can it be pre-menopause or ovarian cancer?

Hello, i am writing regarding my mom she has been on her period almost 11 she is 42 years old can it be pre-menopause or ovarian cancer?

Vaginal bleeding: Vaginal bleeding may be many things. It occurs in pre-menopause, because the periods get irregular around that time. It could also be other things in the uterus, endometrial hyperplasia or polyps or endometrial cancer. Ovarian cancer usually does not present this way. If she has not been seen by a GYN recently and this bleeding is new, she should make an appt to be sure. ...Read more

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52 year old, menopause 1 year, tennis ball size cyst on each ovary, ca 125 of 271. Is this ovarian cancer?

Don't know: The cysts are large, and your ca-125 is elevated, so a full-work-up is obviously indicated. X-ray studies may help, but biopsy/cyst drainage or even hysterectomy is certainly a possibility. You doctor can provide you with much more specific info than we can. ...Read more

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How can I help with my wife's menopausal lack of sleep?Just finished chemo for ovarian cancer couple mo. Ago and had a hysterectomy back in march.

How can I help with my  wife's  menopausal lack of sleep?Just finished chemo for ovarian cancer  couple mo. Ago and had a hysterectomy back in  march.

By taking to the doc: Give support to her lack of sleep may be due to anxiety, due to her cancer, which is not unusual, speak to her may need medications .She may even need help , you may have to take her to a psychiatrist., it is part of treatment. ...Read more

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On hormone replacement therapy since hysterectomy at age 31 for ovarian cancer- now 50. Do i need to end HRT for normal menopause age?

On hormone replacement therapy  since  hysterectomy at age 31 for ovarian cancer- now 50. Do i need to  end HRT  for normal menopause  age?

Add progesterone: Estrogen continues to be made from the fat cells and adrenal glands so you need to be on natural Progesterone forever to balance the estrogen. It stimulates the p53 gene to protect you from cancers. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a woman with ovarian cancer?

What is the life expectancy of a woman with ovarian cancer?

Depends: Survival depends on stage of disease at presentation. Early stage disease (1 and 2) tend to have the best outcomes. Stage 3 disease will depend upon whether there is relapse and how long after chemotherapy the relapse occurred- the longer after the better the chances. For women with stage 4 disease the survival will depend upon whether they go into remission or not. ...Read more

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Can more childbirths cause a woman to have a higher chance of ovarian cancer?

No: Childbirth does not cause cancer. Actually women who have had full-term pregnancies are statistically at a lower risk for ovarian cancer than women with no kids. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

It is a cancer which arises from the ovary. This cancer is typically silent, producing little or no symptoms till it spreads, first into the pelvic area and later into the peritoneal cavity leading to fluid accumulation(ascites) which is often the first symptom. Despite its late presentation, there is a reasonable treatment for it, with some long term survivors even ...Read more


Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more