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Why does abdomen fill up with fluid when ovarian cancer is present?

Why does abdomen fill up with fluid when ovarian cancer is present?

Not always the case: Ovarian cancer can cause inflammation which can result in fluid accumulation in the space surrounding the intestinal tract called the peritoneum. Some types of ovarian cancer make mucous which can also fill this space. Both situations cause fluid accumulation, weight gain and bloating. However, ovarian cancer may not cause these symptoms which is why regular checkups are important. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

It is a cancer which arises from the ovary. This cancer is typically silent, producing little or no symptoms till it spreads, first into the pelvic area and later into the peritoneal cavity leading to fluid accumulation(ascites) which is often the first symptom. Despite its late presentation, there is a reasonable treatment for it, with some long term survivors even ...Read more


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My mom, ovarian cancer, stage iiib, had the second surgery, the abdomen is hard and heavy seems, she felt uncomfortable, what is symptomatic?

My mom, ovarian cancer, stage iiib, had the second surgery, the abdomen is hard and heavy seems, she felt uncomfortable, what is symptomatic?

Not sure I...: ...Understand your question. If you are asking for the meaning of "symptomatic", then dr. Legha answered your question. If not, you may want to restate it. Either way make sure your mother's oncologist is aware of any new developments. Best to you both. ...Read more

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Had ovarian cancer and had total hysterectomy in 2012. I have bad cramping in lower abdomen/back, like pre hyst. Wht causes this?

Had ovarian cancer and had total hysterectomy in 2012. I have bad cramping in lower abdomen/back, like pre hyst. Wht causes this?

MD time: Cramps in the abdomen and back can be due to a million and one different causes, benign or not. Do not get too anxious, just make sure your oncologist knows about it and follow his/her instructions. Hope it is nothing serious. Get better soon. ...Read more

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I get full easily, throw up after meals, sleep a lot, pee a lot, and have a lot of pain in my lower back and near my hips/abdomen. Ovarian cancer?

I get full easily, throw up after meals, sleep a lot, pee a lot, and have a lot of pain in my lower back and near my hips/abdomen. Ovarian cancer?

Probably not: At your age, ovarian cancer is extremely rare. You need to see your MD to find out what the problem is. It may be a gastrointestinal problem. ...Read more

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Mom 60. Abdomen CT shows has hypo dens liver masses no hbs afp 4.46 echinococesus <1:16 ca-125 >5000 is its ovarian cancer or not & on which stage?

Stage IV ovarian ca: Unfortunately, it is likely that she has stage IV ovarian cancer with spread to the liver. Nothing else would give a ca125 of 5000. She should be on biopsied for a diagnosis and be on systemic chemotherapy which can be very helpful in selected cases. ...Read more

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Mom 60. Abdomen CT shows has hypo dens liver masses no hbs afp 4.46 echinococesus <1:16 ca-125 >5000 is its ovarian cancer or not & on which stage

Mom 60. Abdomen CT shows has hypo dens liver masses 
no hbs 
afp 4.46 
echinococesus <1:16 
ca-125 >5000
is its ovarian cancer or not & on which stage

It is likely a cance: A high ca 125 leads us to look for ovarian cancer as the most likely cause(sometimes it is due to primary perotoneal cancinoma or fallopean tube tumor). The ct scan may show some intraperitoneal disease or pelvic disease including ovarian massess. But she needs a biopsy proof of cancer and then will likely require treatment for ovarian cancer which often includes debulking surgery and chemotherapy. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more