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Can you see ovarian cancer in a laparoscopy?

Can you see ovarian cancer in a laparoscopy?

Sometimes: During laparoscopy the surgeon is able to directly visualize the pelvic organs. Sometimes a malignant tumor is obvious just by looking. In other cases the cancer is microscopic so to make the diagnosis the organ or part of it must be removed so that the tissue can be examined under a microscope. ...Read more

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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Is the second loop laparoscopy for ovarian cancer routinely performed?

Is the second loop laparoscopy for ovarian cancer routinely performed?

Not common: If a cystic lesion of ovary has been noted, its size is carefully managed as to >5cm. A solitary lesion removed laparoscopically and proven benign ends exploration. If malignant then a hysterectomy also indicated. If there is evidence of intraperitoneal spread then formal lap with omentectomy and debulking of peritoneal spread performed followed by chemo. Second look of value with hyperthermia ...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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Would diagnostic laparoscopy find ovarian cancer if there was any? I've had one, and ultrasounds and a colonoscopy but no cause for bloating found

Would diagnostic laparoscopy find ovarian cancer if there was any? I've had one, and ultrasounds and a colonoscopy but no cause for bloating found

Usually: Yes provided the ovaries were readily visible and you had a thorough laparoscopy. Bloating is often caused by excessive fiber along with inadequate fluids and all of the exams you had would all be negative. Try modifying your diet, cut out caffeine and drink 80-100 oz of fluids per day for 10-15 days. Simethicone and charcoal tablets may also help as will probiotics. ...Read more

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On average, do gynecologists see many women under 40 with ovarian cancer?

On average, do gynecologists see many women under 40 with ovarian cancer?

No many compared: Women under 40 can get ovarian cancer and if that would happen to any of my patients which is infrequent, I immediately refer them to a friend of mine who is a board certified gyn cancer surgeon for the proper treatment. ...Read more

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27cm septated ovarian cyst, what percentage would it be cancerous? I've got all the typical symptoms of ovarian cancer See gyno on wed help please

27cm septated ovarian cyst, what percentage would it be cancerous? I've got all the typical symptoms of ovarian cancer See gyno on wed help please

Not likely cancer: Simple ovarian cysts (1) are rarely malignant, and (2) especially a huge ovarian cyst, such as this, is rarely malignant. The symptoms you call typical of ovarian cancer are simply the symptoms of a pelvic mass, not specific for cancer. ...Read more

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Can a gynaecologist see if there's ovarian cancer by looking at ur cervix? I have all the signs of OC also two 3cm cysts. He Refused me a smear.

Can a gynaecologist see if there's ovarian cancer by looking at ur cervix? I have all the signs of OC also two 3cm cysts. He Refused me a smear.

No: The gynecologist can not tell if you have ovarian cancer by looking at your cervix. Your ovaries are in your pelvis, and you would need an ultrasound to see if there are any masses that would be suggestive of ovarian cancer. A pap test is used to screen for cervical cancer, and cervical cancer can sometimes be seen if it has progressed and you have a large mass on your cervix (biopsy needed). ...Read more

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Why won't insurance cover blood tests to see if you carry the ovarian cancer gene?

Why won't insurance cover blood tests to see if you carry the ovarian cancer gene?

Do You Qualify?: Many insurances (including medicare) will cover the expense for brca testing, provided that a person has a 10% chance, or greater, of having the mutation. A risk estimate can be calculated by your age, personal history of cancer, and age and type of cancer in first-degree relatives. A risk calculator can be found on the website for the company that performs this blood test, myriad genetics. ...Read more

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Can doctors do blood tests to see if you carry the ovarian cancer gene?

Can doctors do blood tests to see if you carry the ovarian cancer gene?

No one gene: A number of genetic anomalies increase the risk of ovarian cancer but there is not a single or even a set of tests, that would be useful in isolation. You may wish to discuss your family history with your doctor to see if a genetic test is warranted. ...Read more

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Why wouldn't I pay a few thousand usd to see if I carry the breast or ovarian cancer gene?

Why wouldn't I pay a few thousand usd to see if I carry the breast or ovarian cancer gene?

Family history: I have to assume you are talking about brac1 and 2 testing. Without a family history of breast or ovarian cancer your chance of having a mutation would be pretty low. With a family history, most insurance would cover at least part of the cost of the testing. Myriad, the lab which does the testing, would do an analysis for you to determine your out of pocket costs prior to running the test. ...Read more

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Fluid with ovarian cancer?

Depends: If you are asking if there is fluid seen with ovarian cancer, then yes some ovarian cancers can cause excess abdominal fluid called ascites. ...Read more

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How common is ovarian cancer?

About 20K per year: In the United States there are about 20, 000 new cases of ovarian cancer per year. ...Read more

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How can I treat ovarian cancer?

How can I treat ovarian cancer?

Depends: It will depend on the stage. Curative surgery in early stage of disease plus minus chemotherapy. Debulking surgery is needed and is done by a gynecology-oncologist if the tumor burden is high - then followed by chemotherapy. The treatment will depend on the stage. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer ever be cured?

Can ovarian cancer ever be cured?

Yes: Ovarian cancer can be cured especially when it is discovered early. One of the challenges with ovarian cancer is that it is often discovered when it is more advanced because there are no effective screening tools and the disease can often be asymptomatic until it is more advanced. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for ovarian cancer?

Increased risk...: ...is associated with increased age, women with a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, women with the genetic BRCA modifications, and certain ethnicities. These groups have a higher risk than the overall lifetime risk for women in the US of 1.6%. ...Read more

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What age does ovarian cancer strike?

What age does ovarian cancer strike?

Depend: It really depend on your genes if you have strong family history of ovarian or breast cancer it might strike earlier you doctor can run test on your gene to make sure you do not have the one that can cause cancer ...Read more

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What type of ovarian cancer do I have?

What type of ovarian cancer do I have?

Depends on your path: You should discuss your pathology with your doctor. There are different types of ovarian cancer including: borderline tumors (tumors of low malignany potential) and epithelial tumors (papillary serous, mucinous and endometrioid, clear cell, transitional cell, undifferentiated), for example. ...Read more

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When should ovarian cancer be detected?

As early as possible: Unfortunately, ovarian cancer is often missed during its early stages, as it either causes no symptoms at all, or only very general symptoms, until it becomes quite advanced. Like all cancers, though, ovarian cancer has a much higher cure rate when detected at an early stage, . ...Read more

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How do I know if I have ovarian cancer?

Not easy: There are no specific symptoms of ovarian cancer, especially early ovarian cancer. The symptoms are usually vague fullness, gas, pelvic discomfort or pain, urinary symptoms etc. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of ovarian cancer?

What are some symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Or none: One of the reasons that ovarian cancer has such a poor prognosis overall is that it usually does not cause symptoms and thus is not found until it has become fairly advanced and more difficult to treat. While it can cause vague spyoma as described most cases are asymptomatic until its had a chance to progress. If you have a concern or are at high risk genetically, talk to your md about screening. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

What are some symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

Initially asymptomat: The classic epitherlia ovarian cancer is aymptomatic until metastasis occurs. The primary site of spread is to omentum due to high TGF-B. This allows vascular permeability factor to produce extensive ascites and when spread to uterus occurs then vaginal bleeding may be seen ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of ovarian cancer?

What are early symptoms of ovarian cancer?

NONE: That is the reason to go for regular gyn visits. Abdominal symptoms appear in later stages unfortunately for detection of early ovarian cancers there is no blood test, only for late stages used to see the progress of disease (ca 125 CEA etc) only way to detect is regular gyn doctor visits, if needed sonogram, or laparoscopic examination. ...Read more

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How early could ovarian cancer be detected?

How early could ovarian cancer be detected?

Hard to say: No good screening for ovarian cancer.Studies were done to see if transvaginal sono can detect early case of ovarian cancer in asymptomatic people- only showing that all of the cancer that were detected by the sono-are stage 3 or above. It requires high awareness from the patient, low threshold of suspicion of md, multiple modalities to detect earlier case of cancer (stage 1 or 2)-which can happen. ...Read more

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What are ovarian cancer's most common signs?

Bloating, pelvic pain: Some identifiable symptoms do exist for ovarian cancer, even in the early stages. The most common of these are: 
bloating, pelvic or bominal pain
trouble eating or feeling full quickly
urinary symptoms, such as frequent feelings of needing to go.  these symptoms such are, of course, common & occur with any number of ailments. When they last for more than a few weeks, they should see their doctor. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my risk for ovarian cancer?

How can I reduce my risk for ovarian cancer?

Don't smoke: Many of the risk factors for ovarian cancer can't be changed- such as family history, early onset of menses, late menses, and no pregnancies. Enviromnental risk factors include smoking and obesity. ...Read more

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What happens at the end with ovarian cancer?

What happens at the end with ovarian cancer?

Hospice: It's often quite a long process and especially miserable if the bowel becomes obstructed. Be aware of all the options and that no matter what happens, the patient can be kept comfortable. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Often none 'till lat: Ovarian cancer is usually asymptomatic until late in the disease. Then it may present with abdominal "bloating", sometimes pain, sometimes weight loss, sometimes with altered bowel or bladder function if these organs are involved by tumor as it spreads and grows. ...Read more

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How to know if I have ovarian cancer at age 14?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Laparoscopy (Definition)

Laparoscopy involves placement of a small camera-scope into the abdominal cavity, most often at the belly button. This allows us to see and surgically rx many abdominal and pelvic diseases. This is combined with distinction of the abd cavity with co2 gas to create more space to work. This usually requires a general anesthetic, yet most people can go ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Laparoscopic Surgery (Definition)

Laparoscopy is a form of less invasive abdominal or pelvic surgery that uses instruments placed inside ...Read more