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Doctor insights on: Diseases That Mimic Ovarian Cancer

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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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I have stage 2 low grade 1 ovarian cancer after op no macroscopic disease. Onc insist no chemo needed. Is there evidence that it makes a differenc?

I have stage 2 low grade 1 ovarian cancer after op no macroscopic disease.  Onc insist no chemo needed. Is there evidence that it makes a differenc?

Seek another opinion: There is evidence for chemo after surgery in stage ii ovarian cancer Ella (ulipristal acetate) prevent recurrent disease. There are a few subsets of ovarian ca that may not require chemo but classic path should be treated even if there is no macro disease. ...Read more

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

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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Hello I am awaitinf key hole surgey to get diagnosed with endometriosis and polysistic ovarian disease. Is tha ovarian cancer?

Hello I am awaitinf key hole surgey to get diagnosed with endometriosis and polysistic ovarian disease. Is tha ovarian cancer?

No but ---: At your age you should have very little concern for ovarian cancer. However, endometriosis and pcos are quite common at your age. There is no definite relationship between these three diagnoses. ...Read more

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Could a cyst on right ovary lead to a higher incidence of ovarian cancer or polycystic disease?

Could a cyst on right ovary lead to a higher incidence of ovarian cancer or polycystic disease?

Cysts vs. CA: Ovarian cysts are quite common if ovulating and rarely produce cancer. However, persistent cysts need evaluation via exam or ultrasound to be certain. Polycystic ovaries are also non-cancerous with obesity, anovulation and hair growth as symptoms. ...Read more

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If a family member has ovarian cancer, can genetic screening determine if other family members will get the disease?

If a family member has ovarian cancer, can genetic screening determine if other family members will get the disease?

Yes: Ovarian cancer, especially pre-menopausal ovarian cancer is a rare disease and I recommend family members of such patients atleast have a genetics consultation to talk about testing. Brca-1 and brca-2 mutations put women at a much higher risk of developing ovarian, breast and endometrial cancers. More common in jewish women. Hnpcc (lynch syndrome) also increases the risks of female cancers. ...Read more

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What is ovarian cancer?

What is ovarian cancer?

Cancer in ovary: Malignancy (cancer) that arises from the epithelium, stroma, or germ cells of the ovary. There can also be metastatic disease to the ovaries from cancer elsewhere. ...Read more

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Ovarian cancer symtoms?

None specific, early: Unfortunately there are no specific symptoms in early disease, other than vague symptoms like bloating, abdominal discomfort etc. See the following site for more info.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...Read more

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Do I have ovarian cancer?

Probably not: But you'll have to give us a few more clues to get our input, but better to see your doctor to discuss prospect and risk. Unless fm hx, brca-2 +, I would not worry at 24. ...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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What caused ovarian cancer?

What caused ovarian cancer?

Possible Risk Factor: Risk factors for ovarian cancer include increasing age, obesity, prolonged use of fertility drugs, and family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer, especially for persons with brca 1 or 2 mutations. However, it's impossible to know why any individual develops cancer since having a risk factor does not guarantee the disease will develop and many people with cancer may not have risk factor. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer caused?

How is ovarian cancer caused?

No one cause: There is no specific cause for ovarian cancer, but several risk factors have been identified. Women who have a family history of either ovarian, breast, or colon cancer all are at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Most ovarian cancers are diagnosed in the six or seventh decades of life, and typically arise from the ovarian epithelium. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer. ...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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I think i have ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Why do you think you have ovarian cancer? That usually occurs in an older age group....most ovarian lesions at your age are benign. If you have concerns about something, best to see your doctor about it. ...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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How is ovarian cancer detected?

How is ovarian cancer detected?

A few ways: Often it's asymptomatic until it's well advanced. If there's any early symptoms it's going to be vague ones that ladies are plagued with anyway like bloating and pelvic pain and bladder irritation. Testing 1st involves a pelvic exam (a small mass will be hard to feel), an ultrasound, possibly an MRI. A ca125 is a blood test that's usually elevated in ovarian cancer, but other things elevate it too. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

Tissue examination: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and physical examination may reveal a mass. There are many causes of a mass in the ovary and once a diagnosis is suspected, it requires removal of tissue and examination by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis. See this site for more info
http://www.Cancer. Org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you die from ovarian cancer?

Can you die from ovarian cancer?

Yes: Untreated, ovarian cancer is 100% fatal unless something else kills the patient first. ...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...: 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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How fast does ovarian cancer grow?

How fast does ovarian cancer grow?

Very fast!: This is a form of cancer that requires quick intervention. ...Read more

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How fast does ovarian cancer spread?

It's variable.: Some ovarian cancers spread very slowly — over years, even. The most common form of ovarian cancer likely spreads more quickly than that (weeks to months), but every patient with ovarian cancer is different. ...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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Where does ovarian cancer spread to?

Where does ovarian cancer spread to?

Pelvis & abomen: Commonly when advaced spreads in the abdomen affecting the peritoneum producing increased intra pelvic and abdominal fluid. As most cancers may spread to liver, lung, brain, bone. Most ovarian cancer produce symptoms only in advanced stages with nonspecific sensations of increased belly or intraabdominally discomfort. Ca 125 is not a screening test because of so many false positives and negatives. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Varies / nonspecific: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific and may include: abdominal pressure / fullness / bloating, pelvic discomfort / pain, persistent indigestion / gas / nausea, changes in bowel habits (such as constipation), changes in bladder habits, loss of appetite or quickly feeling full, increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist, lack of energy, and low back pain. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ovarian cancer?

What are symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Symptoms include bloating, pelvic pain, urinary urgency, and early satiety. Studies have found that symptoms occur in early stages in many women, but they are nonspecific. ...Read more

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What are symptoms for ovarian cancer?

Very few initially.: Ovarian cancer is hard to diagnose early due to the lack of symptoms initially and the non-specific symptoms which develop as the disease progresses. In general, symptoms can range from bloating, increasing abdominal size, nausea, decreased appetite, weight loss and pain. ...Read more

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What are the causes of ovarian cancer?

Many.: Common risk factors include family history of gynecologic cancer (including ovarian and breast cancers), nulligravidity (i.e. Few or no pregnancies), polycystic ovarian syndrome, smoking, endometriosis, and obesity. As with the majority of cancers, ovarian cancer develops with characteristic genetic alterations that lead to unchecked growth of cells. This process is multifactorial. ...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

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A typically silend cancer which ...Read more