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Does symptoms for ovarian cancer feel like menstrual cramps?

Does symptoms for ovarian cancer feel like menstrual cramps?

Most of the time: Ovarian cancers grow silently with out any symptoms, a silent killer of woman, how ever few may get cramps in later stages, see your gynecologist for check up. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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I am 44 years old. I have a strong family history of ovarian/breast cancer and braca2 of unknown significance. I getvery painful menstrual cramps. Could I have ovarian cancer?

I am 44 years old. I have a strong family history of ovarian/breast cancer and braca2 of unknown significance. I getvery painful menstrual cramps. Could I have ovarian cancer?

The curse of the VUS: Personal and family history trumps genetic testing. If you have strong family history of breast/ovarian cancer, it could be that the vus is truly a deleterious mutation yet to be identified as such or have another gene involved besides brca. I would advise you see your gyn and a specialist with expertise in genetic testing/risk assessment. They will go over ways to reduce cancer risk for you. ...Read more

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Can you have your menstrual cycle if you have ovarian cancer?

Can you have your menstrual cycle if you have ovarian cancer?

Yes: Many women with early stage ovarian cancer do not know they have it. They will still have menstrual cycles. Ovarian cancer does not cause menstrual cycles to stop. ...Read more

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Hello there my menstrual cycle has always been 28days it now seems too be 26/27 I suffer anxiety is this still normal? Could I have ovarian cancer?

Hello there my menstrual cycle has always been 28days it now seems too be 26/27 I suffer anxiety is this still normal? Could I have ovarian cancer?

Normal = 21 thru 35: The frequency you report is clearly still normal, but if it becomes more irregular you certainly should have an exam. Do not jump to the idea that it is anything as frightening as cancer. There are many less serious reasons for changes in your cycle. Depending on several factors, including your age, health, etc - it may be nothing at all. Have an exam if you're worried. ...Read more

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I have every symptom of ovarian cancer. 10 day periods, pain w/ sex, weight loss, bloating, anemia, bad sharp cramps, sore boobs, but I'm only 25?

Are you sure?: This doesn't sound like ovarian cancer to me. This sounds like you are going on line and trying to diagnose yourself. Go to a doctor and find out what is going on. ...Read more

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Had a Vag u/s 5 months ago. Lately feel crampy with urge to go to bathroom. Is it unlikely ovarian cancer since the u/s 5 mo. Ago? Yearly exam in 1 week

Ovarian cancer: The time frame for development of clinically recognizable cancer is generally on the order of months to years for most ovarian cancers. Your symptoms could be due to several other things though, so be sure to inform your doctor on the next visit and have them evaluated. ...Read more

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Is it ovarian cancer bleeding look like a menstual period?

Is it ovarian cancer bleeding look like a menstual period?

Ovary CA & bleeding: Ovarian cancer does not usually cause abnormal uterine bleeding. If you have a mass and abnormal uterine bleeding, you need to get an endometrial biopsy. ...Read more

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Does ovulating cause crampy feeling? I have very irregular periods and worry about ovarian cancer- age 31

Does ovulating cause crampy feeling? I have very irregular periods and worry about ovarian cancer- age 31

OB/GYN consult: It sounds like you have some dysfunctional or abnormal uterine bleeding and dysmenorrhea. Talk with your specialist in OB/GYN. See the link for tests you may need. Do you have a family history of ovarian cancer? Weight loss? If not, probably not a reason to worry. There are many other causes of DUB that you can discuss with your OB/GYN.
https://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000903.htm ...Read more

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Unexplained symptoms like ovarian cancer and no diagnosis?

Unexplained symptoms like ovarian cancer and no diagnosis?

Unclear questions: Ovrian cancer usually does not casuse any specific symptoms, at least in early stages. What are your symptoms? What work-up was done for diagnosis? Could the symptoms be due to GI causes? ...Read more

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How come ovarian cancer symptoms present like GI problems?

How come ovarian cancer symptoms present like GI problems?

See below: There is probably not a good answer. Ovarian cancer does not have specific symptoms and causes vague abdominal symptoms that are similar to GI symptoms. See this site for more info about ovarian cancer.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001891/. ...Read more

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What does the pain feel like with ovarian cancer?

What does the pain feel like with ovarian cancer?

Sometimes nothing!: Early ovarian cancer can cause minor symptoms like bloating, abdominal swelling, gas, pressure, constipation or diarrhea. Sometimes it can cause pain, which is usually in the right or left side of your abdomen down by your hip bones. But it's important to realize it doesn't usually cause pain at an early stage, so if you have any of the symptoms above that are new or worsening, see your doctor! ...Read more

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What age it s more possible to get ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The average age of a woman with ovarian cancer in the us is 62-63. In women with a family history, women with brca1 mutations usually get cancer earlier and women with brca2 mutations get ovarian cancer at a later age. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer be caused by enviornmental factors like chemicals?

Can ovarian cancer be caused by enviornmental factors like chemicals?

Possibly: We do not know the precise answer to this question. However, it is reasonable to suspect that there may be a relationship in some cases at least. For instance, we know that women who have tubal sterilization for birth control are at decreased risk of developing ovarina cancer. It is thought that this may be due to blocking of environmental chemicals from reaching the ovary through the tube. ...Read more

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Need help when ovarian cancer recurs, what kind (s) of cancer is it most likely to be?

The same cancer: Recurrence means that it's the same cancer that has come back. While it may come back in a different place in the abdomen-- the cell type is the same regardless even if the ovaries are no longer there. A biopsy will show if the recurrence is consistent with the original cancer. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer look like a balloon?

Can ovarian cancer look like a balloon?

Sort of: Ovarian cancers are often cystic and you could say that it may look like a balloon. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does ovarian cancer look like on ultrasounds?

Mass or cystic mass: Ultrasound, done though the abdominal wall and transvaginally is used to examine the size shape and other characteristics of ovaries. Cancer may present as a mass in the ovary or a cyst or a combination of the two. Definitive diagnosis requires examination of suspect tissue by a pathologist. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...Read more

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What dies a belly with ovarian cancer look like?

What dies a belly with ovarian cancer look like?

Normal to swollen: Normal if the tumor is small to swollen if it is large or has caused abdominal fluid to accumulate. ...Read more

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What does a stomach swollen from ovarian cancer look like?

What does a stomach swollen from ovarian cancer look like?

Abdominal distention: It is the abdomen, not the stomach, that is swollen in some patients with advanced ovarian cancer. This is mainly due to accumulation of fluid (called ascites) within the abdomen. The fluid over time causes distention of the abdomen (just like what you would see in a pregnant women). The more the fluid accumulates, the more distanded the abdomen and patients may have discomfort and pain. ...Read more

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Feeling bloated for a week and feel like I have shortness of breath suffer with health anxiety and now I'm obsessed with ovarian cancer is thissymptom?

Feeling bloated for a week and feel like I have shortness of breath suffer with health anxiety and now I'm obsessed with ovarian cancer is thissymptom?

Anxiety reduction...: Cancer phobia is a symptom of anxiety and depression. If you are depressed see a therapist or psychiatrist. If anxious, you could do the same or learn meditation or mindfulness. THE MINDFUL WAY THROUGH DEPRESSION by Williams would be helpful in either case. It comes with a Disc by Jon Kabat -Zinn with the complete mindfulness training course on it. ...Read more

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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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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 tests can diagnose ovarian cancer?

CA-125, ultrasound: Routine screening is not recommended on people with average risk. Family history is a strong risk factor. In these patients ca-125 (it is a tumor marker checked in blood) also transvaginal ultrasound can help early diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer be felt during exam?

Can ovarian cancer be felt during exam?

In some cases: In some cases of ovarian cancer, a mass (or masses) can be felt in the pelvis with a manual vaginal examination. In advanced cases, a swollen abdomen from ascites can be seen on exam (but this is not specific for ovarian cancer). In most cases of ovarian cancer, the findings on exam are quite nonspecific. ...Read more

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How early can ovarian cancer be detected?

Depends.: It is notoriously hard to detect early. Pelvic ultrasound and family history along with serum ca-125 are some approaches to early detection that have not been particularly effective. Current research is aiming at identifying a serum proteomic signature of early ovarian cancer that can be clinically useful. ...Read more

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What is meant by end stage ovarian cancer?

Not curable: Typically when someone refers to end stage they are describing a case that is not curable. Most of the time these are patients who have developed disease that has spread to parts of the body outside of where the cancer originally developed (i.e. Metastasis). ...Read more

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How long can ovarian cancer go undetected?

How long can ovarian cancer go undetected?

Many years: Ovarian cancer can go undetected for many years. Many people don't have any symptoms or only vague symptoms such as bloating or mild abdominal discomfort. When patients have more significant symptoms, the cancer is usually found at an advanced stage. ...Read more

Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


Dr. Navita Modi
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Menstrual Pain (Definition)

A painful cramping sensation in the lower abdomen occuring just before or during the menses. It can be associated with other symptoms including, but not limited to. Headache, ...Read more