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Do fertility drugs increase your risk of developing ovarian cancer?

Do fertility drugs increase your risk of developing ovarian cancer?

Minimal: If there is a risk, is with Clomid (clomiphene) after 12 months of use and the risk is minimal. The greatest risk is infertility itself and not the medications. In the grand majority of patients there is no reason to use Clomid (clomiphene) for 12 months. The treatment is usually changed if the patient has not conceived after 4-6 cycles. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Heard again that fertility drugs are linked to ovarian cancer. Thought that was not true. Now not sure what to believe. Do I need ultrasounds yearly?

Heard again that fertility drugs are linked to ovarian cancer. Thought that was not true. Now not sure what to believe. Do I need ultrasounds yearly?

Infertility Yes Rx N: Infertility and having no children are independent risk factors for ovarian cancer. Some injectable super-ovulation drugs had some initial concern for increasing cancer risk but most believe that any increase in risk is minimal. No specific screening is recommended for ovarian cancer. Ca-125 testing and ultrasound have not been effective at determining who will develop ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Heard again that fertility drugs are linked to ovarian cancer. Thought that was not true. Now not sure what to believe. Do I need ultrasounds yearly?

Heard again that fertility drugs are linked to ovarian cancer. Thought that was not true. Now not sure what to believe. Do I need ultrasounds yearly?

No ultrasounds: Anything that stimulates the ovaries can theoretically increase risk for ovarian cancer, whether fertility drugs or the constant stimulation of uninterrupted monthly cycles in women who never get pregnant. However, the risk is low. There is no good screening test for ovarian cancer, so just pay attention to your body and let your doctor know of any abdominal discomfort. And try not to worry! ...Read more

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What leads to increased risk of ovarian cancer?

What leads to increased risk of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Primarily personal or family history of cancers related to ovarian cancer that have a genetic association such as breast, colon, endometrial cancers. ...Read more

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Are there new drugs which could improve management of ovarian cancer patients?

Are there new drugs which could improve management of ovarian cancer patients?

Much too broad a ??: Cancer is very complicated and it is evaluated for each patient differently. Speak with an oncologist. ...Read more

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Does circulating IGF-1 increase as a result of ovarian cancer (in other words, does the cancer itself cause the increase in IGF-1)?

Does circulating IGF-1 increase as a result of ovarian cancer (in other words, does the cancer itself cause the increase in IGF-1)?

Yes, it can: I'm not an expert but I have seen some literature to suggest that IGF1 may be one of the markers released by certain ovarian cancer cells, as well as several IGF receptor proteins. It looks as if this might increase the virulence of the cancer. If you are concerned about yourself, ask the doctor who tested you for more guidance. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does the use of talc (talcum powder) as a feminine powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer?

Does the use of talc (talcum powder) as a feminine powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer?

Maybe: Great question. There is some data that talc crystals have been found on surface ovarian cancers increasing the suspicion that talc is involved in ovarian cancer. There is also data that getting a tubal ligation, which can prevent talc crystals from getting to ovary, can decrease the risk of ovarian cancer. However, the exact answer is not known. Best idea is to avoid talc in the vagina or vulva. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer cause WBC count to increase?

Can ovarian cancer cause WBC count to increase?

See your oncologist: It can if their is an associated infection. See your oncologist or ob/gyn. ...Read more

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Could a cyst be a sign of ovarian cancer if you have premature ovarian failure? I have awful pain, increased urination and prolonged heavy bleeding.

Could a cyst be a sign of ovarian cancer if you have premature ovarian failure?  I have awful pain, increased urination and prolonged heavy bleeding.

Ovarian cancer: It sounds as if you have other things going on also. You should not be bleeding if you have ovarian failure. You need to have an endometrial biopsy as well as have your ovaries evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a bilateral ovarian cyst of 6cm and an increase tumor markers did an ovarian cancer profile.Drs here said that I wont be able to conceive and now im 6wks pregnant and the cyst is very much palpable and aching.Im scared if it will rupture during the

I have a bilateral ovarian cyst of 6cm and an increase tumor markers did an ovarian cancer profile.Drs here said that I wont be able to conceive and now im 6wks pregnant and the cyst is very much palpable and aching.Im scared if it will rupture during the

Relax.: Consult an obstetrician and gynecology-oncology specialist to monitor the size and content of these ovarian cysts. Most likely they will be benign and can be removed laparoscopically between 16-20 weeks. If malignant, the prognosis is more serious, but your pregnancy (i presumed it is desired) should still be able to reach viability (24 weeks) and even term (37-40 weeks) length. ...Read more

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Curious as to why anti-egfr drugs have been largely unsuccessful for ovarian cancer treatment?

Clever cancer: Cancers are composed of populations of cells which divide and multiply rapidly and which have various abnormal metabolic pathways. Anti-egfr drugs are designed to block one important pathway whereby cancer cells promote blood vessel growth to feed them, but they can activate other pathways to do this when the drug is used, or they can mutate so that the receptor isn't blocked by the drug. ...Read more

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Is it regular, long term use of talcum powder in the genital area that increase risk of ovarian cancer? What about a handful of times only?

Very unlikely: Talcum powder use for life long may have some risk to cause Ovarian cancer. But this risk, if real, is very small. So in your case I would advise you to stop using it in future but not worry about your past use which was ever so minimal. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does consuming too many phytoestrogens increase your chance for breast or ovarian cancer?

Does consuming too many phytoestrogens increase your chance for breast or ovarian cancer?

No, not really: There is no conclusive evidence that this is the case. So eat healthy , low fat, plant based diet and exercise daily. That will do you lot more good than any concern about phytoestrogens causing breast or any other cancers.! ...Read more

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Does having breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer in family history increase one's risk of endometriosis?

Does having breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer in family history increase one's risk of endometriosis?

Endo: Having family history of ovarian, colon and uterine cancer specially if these are first degree relatives will put you at risk for cancer not for endometriosis. I would recommend that you talk to your doctor and ask about a brca genetic testing to see if you are a carrier of the gene associated with these types of cancer. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence that links pregnancy-related hormone therapy treatments with increased risk of ovarian cancer?

Tough question: By this i assume you mean for in vitro vertilization. Any hormone manipulation has a potential for side effects. Increased Estrogens increases the risk of breast and cervical cancer, but lower estrogen increases risks of ovary and uterus--also influenced by Progesterone and other hormones. This is not a straight forward topic, as there are many studies that contradict each other. ...Read more

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