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Can You Get Ovarian Cancer Without Ovaries
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Primary peritoneal : There is a disease which looks like ovarian cancer under the microscope; is treated like ovarian cancer and has the same type of symptoms. It is called primary peritoneal carcinoma. Removal of the ovaries does not decrease the risk of having this disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Talk to your doc: Most cysts are completely benign and do not turn to cancer. In fact, cysts form normally during a woman's cycle. There are certain characteristics of ovarian cysts that can be seen on ultrasound or other studies that suggest they are benign and are not cancerous. Talk to your doctor to learn more about the specifics of your condition. ...Read more
No: There are no clear or direct associations with any kind of cancer. Theoretically with the risk of ovarian cancer could even be reduced, but this is unproven. The risk from missing/skipping periods with pcos can (but not always) lead to endometrial hyperplasia, which then can (but not always) lead to endometrial cancer. Discuss cycle management with your doctor. ...Read more
You can't completely: Risk factors for ovarian cancer include never having children, genetics (family history), and estrogen therapy. Though ovarian cancer cannot be completely prevented, you can decrease your risk by having children and avoiding estrogen therapy. If you know you have the brca mutation, which causes both breast and ovarian cancer, you can have your ovaries surgically removed to prevent ovarian cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Tamoxifen is used in the treatment of breast cancer. One of its risks is a 1 percent chance of uterine cancer. You should be checked periodically by a gynecologist and if any vaginal bleeding when on tamoxifen may need a uterine biopsy and likely discontinuing the tamoxifen. Your oncologist should guide you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confused and getting conflicting answers. Can ovary enlarge due to ovarian cancer without a mass?
Yes: Yes, you can get pregant with ovarian cysts as long as you are ovulating (releasing an egg). It is possible that hormonally active cysts (ones that produce hormones) may cause you to not ovulate. This will potentially affect fertility. In this situation, you will not have normal menstrual cycles. ...Read more
Chances remote: All women have cysts on their ovarys as they produce eggs. The overwhelming majority regress spontaneously. If one does not on serial ultrasounds, an aspiration(sucking out some of the fluid in the cyst) can be done under ultrasound or ct guidance/. ...Read more
Yes: Many cancers are masses that are far deeper than you can feel. All leukemias are cancers but they are liquid tissues like blood. Cancer may produce remote effects before a lump is visible -- an oat cell cancer smaller than a fingernail deep in the blood can blind or cause brain damage. ...Read more
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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