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He4 Ovarian Cancer Monitoring
I may have an abnormal he 4 blood test. Do I have ovarian cancer. I have an ovarian cyst 3.4 CM which is being monitored with transvaginal ultrasounds?
An abnormal HE-4: Is not good but what is the ca-125 or did they do an ova-1? And if you are not , you should be referred to a gyn oncologist for evaluation and is not hard to remove that ovary through the davinci or laparoscope if necessary, as at your age the ovary is worthless and hopefully it will be benign. ...Read more
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
Ovaries are pelvic: The ovaries are glandular structures on both sides of and connected to the uterus by the fallopian tubes that transport eggs from the ovaries to the uterine structure. The surface of the glandular portion of the ovary is epithelial similar to the peritoneal surface of the abdominal cavity. For the most part ovarian cancer develops in the peritoneal surface of the ovary and rarely from the stroma. ...Read more
Often 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
Is there a gyno-oncologist in my area that will work with an obese female? My primary dr diagnosed me with ovarian cancer. He is a medical oncologist and cannot do surgery. He sent me to gyno-oncologist in hawthorne and he said he could not do anything w
I : I agree with dr doherty's response and encourage you to seek another opinion. Many gynecologic oncologists are quite comfortable operating on obese women. That being said, it may be possible that Megace (megestrol) treatment is the best option for you at this point. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My wife (31) has been advised to have a hysterectomy following a uso which revealed ovarian cancer. Is it safe to try to have a baby before? Ty
Should I screen my children for ovarian cancer genes since it seems to be so deadly? There is no history in my family.
It's more than 12 weeks post-surgery for stage 3 ovarian cancer. Is it too late to benefit from chemotherapy?
Unknown: Most oncologists prefer to treat patients with a malignancy like ovarian cancer within 12 weeks from their diagnosis. At 12 weeks post surgery you are right on the edge. However, i think most oncologists would want to treat you because of the nature of ovarian cancer. You should have restaging studies with a ct scan as well. Definitely ask your oncologist, as there are many variable here. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers