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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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Can you get ovarian cancer after a hysterectomy?

Can you get ovarian cancer after a hysterectomy?

Yes: "hysterectomy " technically means removal of the uterus, not the ovaries and the uterus. A bso (bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy) means removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes. Even if the ovaries have been removed, there is a very small chance that ovarian cancer can develop from cells that line the abdominal cavity. This chance is much less than 1 in 100. ...Read more

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Had complete hysterectomy, was told can get cancer in the lining of vagina, so therefore pap smears should continue after hysterectomy but every year?

Had complete hysterectomy, was told can get cancer in the lining of vagina, so therefore pap smears should continue after hysterectomy but every year?

hysterectomy and pap: If the hysterectomy was because of cancer or there was cancer or precancer of your cervix then there is a real risk the reasons for the cancer can also be present for the vagina hence testing the vagina and looking at the vulva is recommended. It might not have to be every year, depends on your particular diagnosis, adding an hpv test might allow fewer pap tests but the vulva can get cancer too. ...Read more

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If you have a total hysterectomy can you still get ovarian cancer?

If you have a total hysterectomy can you still get ovarian cancer?

Yes you can: Hysterectomy, is removal of the uterus: ovaries are separate glands lying next to the uterus. Often they are removed at the time of hysterectomy, but not always. Ovarian cancer can also arise from the epithelial lining of the peritoneum(sometimes called primary peritoneal carcinoma) which behaves just like ovarian cancer and is treated the same way as primary ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Can a woman who has had a complete hysterectomy get ovarian cancer?

Yes: The ovaries need to be removed to prevent ovarian cancer. However, a disease similar to ovarian cancer, called primary peritoneal carcinoma, can occur ever if the ovaries are removed. This is much rarer than ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Can I get a hysterectomy because there is a high risk of ovarian cancer in my family?

Can I get a hysterectomy because there is a high risk of ovarian cancer in my family?

Sometimes: Usually this is only considered if the patient has a known genetic predisposition, such as hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (associated with brca1 and brca2). Talk to your doctor to see if your family history meets the criteria for testing for an inherited cancer syndrome. Note that these syndromes only make up a small fraction of the cancer diagnosed here. ...Read more

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Had hysterectomy in 2001, all gone but one ovary. It quit producing estrogen 2 years ago, can I still get ovarian cancer?

Yes, you can.: Any ovary can develop ovarian cancer, even if it has stopped producing estrogen. In fact, the risk for ovarian cancer increases with age. The median age at diagnosis is 63. The good news is that ovarian cancer is rare, and accounts for only 1.3% of all new cancer cases in the U.S. ...Read more

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How is cervical cancer treated? What are the common treatments for cervical cancer? Will I have to get a hysterectomy?

How is cervical cancer treated? What are the common treatments for cervical cancer? Will I have to get a hysterectomy?

Depends on Stage: It depends on stage. Generally early stage is treated with surgery (radical hysterectomy) +/- chemotherapy and radiation therapy. More advanced stages are generally treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy without surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Hysterectomy (Definition)

The entire uterus (womb), cervix, the part protruding into the vagina, and ...Read more