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What are the causes of ovarian cancer and is it very treatable?

What are the causes of ovarian cancer and is it very treatable?

Unknown: We aren't sure exactly what the cause of ovarian cancer is yet. Most ovarian cancer is diagnosed at a late stage and is treatable with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Although treatable, advanced ovarian cancer is rarely curable. ...Read more

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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 ovarian cancer treatable?

Is ovarian cancer treatable?

It depends: It is treatable although the treatment and prognosis depends on the stage of the cancer. The smaller and more localized the cancer, the better the prognosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how treatable is ovarian cancer?

Can you tell me how treatable is ovarian cancer?

Treatable!: Ovarian cancer is almost always treated first with surgery. The goal is to remove every bit of ovarian cancer, including the tiny nodules you see in the picture. This might involve removing the ovaries and uterus, parts of the bowel or bladder, etc. Chemotherapy may be given after surgery to decrease the risk of ovarian cancer returning. It's curable if all the cancer can be removed! ...Read more

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How treatable is ovarian cancer with today's medicine?

How treatable is ovarian cancer with today's medicine?

Fairly well: We have modestly good treatment for ovarian cancer. If caught early it is curable in half to two thirds of cases. But commonly it presents as stage 3-4 disease where the cure rate drops to 25-30%. Yet the available chemotherapy can buy several years of good life when patient is treated by a specialist(gynecologic oncologist). Good luck. ...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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Please help docs! is ovarian cancer usually fatal (50-50) or easy to treat?

Please help docs! is ovarian cancer usually fatal (50-50) or easy to treat?

It depends.: The best treatment for ovarian cancer is surgery, and the earlier it is caught, the better the chance for cure. Early ovarian cancer causes vague symptoms like bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, or feelings of pressure. This means ovarian cancer is often not diagnosed until it has grown and spread, when it is harder to treat. If it can't be completely removed by surgery, it is often fatal. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer typically treated?

How is ovarian cancer typically treated?

Surg+/-Chemo: Ovarian cancer is first treated with surgery and then depending on the findings from surgery chemotherapy may or may not be recommended. ...Read more

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Who is best trained to treat ovarian cancer?

Who is best trained to treat ovarian cancer?

Two types: Usually having a gynecological oncologist and a medical oncologist is best in managing ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is ovarian cancer hard to treat if not caught early?

Please help docs! is ovarian cancer hard to treat if not caught early?

Yes, harder to treat: The best treatment for ovarian cancer is surgery, and the earlier it is caught, the better the chance for cure. Early ovarian cancer causes vague symptoms like bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, or feelings of pressure. These non-specific symptoms mean ovarian cancer is often not diagnosed until later, when it is harder to treat. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if ovarian cancer is usually fatal (50-50) or easy to treat?

Can someone tell me if ovarian cancer is usually fatal (50-50) or easy to treat?

Ovarian ca: If it is found really early in the stage- it is a curable disease. However the problem is usually it is found at a later stage i.e. Stage 3 or 4. Although at that stages, it is still very treatable, however the recurrence rate for stage 3 is significantly high -and unfortunately stage IV is incurable disease. ...Read more

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I am 16 years old. I'm very afraid I may have colorectal cancer or ovarian cancer. My symptoms are very similar. Is it too late to treat either?

I am 16 years old. I'm very afraid I may have colorectal cancer or ovarian cancer. My symptoms are very similar. Is it too late to treat either?

Cancer: There are many things that cause diarrhea, pain, and bloating. Particularly at your age, cancer would not be a top consideration, it would be pretty far down on the list. Don't speculate on the worst possible case scenario. See your doctor, he/she will help sort it out. ...Read more

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Free fluid in pod.Is it late to treat aftr 6months?Any serious problem?It causes pain and foul smell discharge.Can it be ovarian cancer?Im 19 yo.

Free fluid in pod.Is it late to treat aftr 6months?Any serious problem?It causes pain and foul smell discharge.Can it be ovarian cancer?Im 19 yo.

Be seen.: It is not too late to be treated. It is unlikely to be ovarian cancer so you can relax. The foul smell , pain, and discharge though warrant being seen and properly treated. ...Read more

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Why is stage 3 ovarian cancer often considered incurable (though treated with intent to cure)? In this case, with secondary tumour in bowel

Why is stage 3 ovarian cancer often considered incurable (though treated with intent to cure)? 
In this case, with secondary tumour in bowel

Cure still possible: Stage 3 ovarian cancer has a high risk of mortality but cure is still a possibility in about 30% of the patients treated be a competent onciologist. Did she have surgical removal of her tumors in the belly and those in the intestine? Surgical debulking is an important component of treatment and is complementary to chemotherapy killing off small tumors. ...Read more

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Ciii ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin. In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Ciii  ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin.  In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Many options: Choosing chemo depends on many factors, so only your doctor can decide what might work for you. Drugs you haven't mentioned include altretamine, capecitabine, cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) vinorelbine, ifosfamide, etoposide, and irinotecan. There are also several hormonal agents. And a clinical trial might be an option. Check out www.Cancer.Gov for more info. And good luck. ...Read more

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Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?

Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?

Hospice have : Differing rules and regulations regarding acceptance of patients. It's difficult for u to plead your case against a big institution. Other options for u is to apply for fmla for urself to help with your mom's care or privately hire an LPN or cna for this purpose. God bless u and ur mom! ...Read more

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My mom aged 75 got recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with peritoneal fluid. CT shows no liver or lymph node What is life expectency with Treat?

My mom aged 75 got recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with peritoneal fluid. CT shows no liver or lymph node  What is  life expectency with Treat?

No way to tell: Some of these are super-slow growers and she may have more good years ahead. Her oncologist can look at the pathology report and tell her the chances -- and it's always "percentage odds" rather than life expectancy. ...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?

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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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?

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?

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?

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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