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Dr. John Geisler
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Hereditary Ovarian Cancer (Overview)

Hereditary Ovarian cancer(often in combination with Breast Cancer) runs in 10 of Ovarian cancers. It should be considered and confirm by genetic testing if there is high suspicion based on 2 or more first degree relatives(parents, sisters or maternal aunts) suffering from Ovarian or Breast Cancer. The diagnosis is confirmed if you are a carrier for BRCA gene mutation (genetic test which can be don


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What are the symptoms of hereditary ovarian cancer?

What are the symptoms of hereditary ovarian cancer?

Same as regular: Ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, there are no specific symptoms in early ovarian cancer. Most women have vague abdominal symptoms and at later stages, abdominal swelling, mass, symptoms from mets, weakness etc.

Dr. John Geisler
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Hereditary Ovarian Cancer (Overview)

Hereditary Ovarian cancer(often in combination with Breast Cancer) runs in 10 of Ovarian cancers. It should be considered and confirm by genetic testing if there is high suspicion based on 2 or more first degree relatives(parents, sisters or maternal aunts) suffering from Ovarian or Breast Cancer. The diagnosis is confirmed if you are a carrier for BRCA gene mutation (genetic test which can be don


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What are the tests for hereditary ovarian cancer?

What are the tests for hereditary ovarian cancer?

Ultrasound: Pelvic/transvaginal ultrasound is the best test after a good physical exam for a suspected ovarian cancer of any kind.

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Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Checklist)

Eliminate low-fat, high-carb foods from your diet
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Monitor your weight and review your diet daily.
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What genes cause hereditary ovarian cancer?

BRCA 1 and 2: The breast-ovarian cancer (brca 1 and 2) genes are the only ones so far proven to cause susceptibility to ovarian cancer (as high as 50% lifetime risk for ovarian, 85% for breast cancer if you have a mutation. Other ovarian cancer susceptibility genes may be identified by ongoing research.

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What is the treatment for hereditary ovarian cancer?

What is the treatment for hereditary ovarian cancer?

Prevention.: Most hereditary ovarian cancer is caused by BRCA genes. The key is prevention. US, blood work and a physical exam every six moths. Oral contraceptives can decrease risk of ovarian cancer. If BRCA positive then removal of tubes and ovaries at about 35 or after childbearing. Need to make a cancer prevention plan with doctor. Also need close relatives to be aware of risk. Hope this helps.

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Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
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What are the tests for hereditary ovarian cancer?

Ultrasound: Pelvic/transvaginal ultrasound is the best test after a good physical exam for a suspected ovarian cancer of any kind.

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What are the symptoms of hereditary ovarian cancer?

Same as regular: Ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, there are no specific symptoms in early ovarian cancer. Most women have vague abdominal symptoms and at later stages, abdominal swelling, mass, symptoms from mets, weakness etc.

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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What is the definition or description of: Hereditary ovarian cancer?

What is the definition or description of: Hereditary ovarian cancer?

More than one member: Hereditary Ovarian cancer(often in combination with Breast Cancer) runs in 10 of Ovarian cancers. It should be considered and confirm by genetic testing if there is high suspicion based on 2 or more first degree relatives(parents, sisters or maternal aunts) suffering from Ovarian or Breast Cancer. The diagnosis is confirmed if you are a carrier for BRCA gene mutation (genetic test which can be don

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What genes cause hereditary ovarian cancer?

BRCA 1 and 2: The breast-ovarian cancer (brca 1 and 2) genes are the only ones so far proven to cause susceptibility to ovarian cancer (as high as 50% lifetime risk for ovarian, 85% for breast cancer if you have a mutation. Other ovarian cancer susceptibility genes may be identified by ongoing research.

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I need a straight answer. What is hereditary ovarian cancer?

I need a straight answer. What is hereditary ovarian cancer?

Genetic Syndrome: Basically this is a familial cancer syndrome. This is due to a genetic defect which is passed down from paretn to child. (can actually come from a man). In the case of ovarian cancer it is usually associated with the brca gene when someone speaks of hereditary ovarain cancer.

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What is the treatment for hereditary ovarian cancer?

Prevention.: Most hereditary ovarian cancer is caused by BRCA genes. The key is prevention. US, blood work and a physical exam every six moths. Oral contraceptives can decrease risk of ovarian cancer. If BRCA positive then removal of tubes and ovaries at about 35 or after childbearing. Need to make a cancer prevention plan with doctor. Also need close relatives to be aware of risk. Hope this helps.

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My grandmother may have very advanced ovarian cancer, tests are coming back today. Is ovarian cancer hereditary?

My grandmother may have very advanced ovarian cancer, tests are coming back today. Is ovarian cancer hereditary?

There incresed risk: There is genetic predisposition but most ovarian cancers are not heriditary.If she has brac1;brac2also hnpcc gene.There is increased risk of ovarian cancer if you a menber of your immediate family has ovarian cancer.

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Have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, what are the chances that this was hereditary?

Have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, what are the chances that this was hereditary?

About 8.5%: Less then 10% of ovarian cancers are currently known to arise from inherited mutations.

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Is ovarian cancer more or less likely to be "genetic/hereditary"?

Is ovarian cancer more or less likely to be "genetic/hereditary"?

Often it is not gene: Only 10-20% cases are genetic or hereditary in origin, rest are sporadic or not related to previous family history...Just come out of the blue in more than 80% of cases.

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I had testicular cancer and his sister died of ovarian cancer. Is this just a terrible coincidence or could it be hereditary?

I had testicular cancer and his sister died of ovarian cancer. Is this just a terrible coincidence or could it be hereditary?

While these are both: Can be germ cell tumors, there is neither familial or molecular links to cancers of either kid, or the oddity of siblings of opposite sex acquiring them. Most ovarian tumors are not germ cell, but epithelial, the opposite is true of testicular cancer.

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Can ovarian cancer and breast cancer be hereditary?

Can ovarian cancer and breast cancer be hereditary?

Yes, of course: This is one of the classic hereditary cancer syndromes. Sorry, i don't have enough characters to be allowed to give you a full asnwer here, but quoting wikipedia: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/hereditary_breast%e2%80%93ovarian_cancer_syndrome.

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My aunt (dad's sis) and grt-grandma (pat grandma's mom) both died of ovarian cancer. How likely is it hereditary? Would genetic testing be good idea?

My aunt (dad's sis) and grt-grandma (pat grandma's mom) both died of ovarian cancer.  How likely is it hereditary? Would genetic testing be good idea?

Possibly: Two family members with ovarian cancer is not that common. There are a few inherited conditions that increase ovarian cancer risk. I would suggest that you gather all family info you can get hold of (all family with or without cancer) and visit with your gyn or family doc. They will decide of you need to be seen by a specialist in hereditary cancer.

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There is a gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer that is hereditary. What gene is that?

There is a gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer that is hereditary. What gene is that?

BRCA mutation: The gene is called brca, and mutations in this gene are associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Check out this link for more info: www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/.../brca.

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