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Does Gleevec Treat Ovarian Cancer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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.
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
What is the best way to treat a partial small bowel obstructon or someone with newly diagnosed stage III ovarian cancer. Recent tx with chemo?
Obstruction: The best bet is chemo. Otherwise conservative measures and reserve surgery for failure. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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