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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. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How do I tell my children I have stage 4 ovarian cancer?

How do I tell my children I have stage 4 ovarian cancer?

Be honest.: It's important to be honest with them. Cancer is understandably a shocking and emotionally taxing thing for everyone involved, so keeping everyone on the same page will allow you and your loved ones to support each other through difficult times. Keep them, as well as yourself, informed of all the amazing resources out there to help patients and their families cope with their situation. ...Read more

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Does abortions cause ovarian cancer I had six abortions in between six live and healthy children?

Does abortions cause ovarian cancer I had six abortions in between six live and healthy children?

That's a lot: Six is a lot of abortions, but sometimes we have to abort and destroy a baby fetus in order to prevent giving birth to a baby with genetic mutations. One's body does not get a higher chance of ovarian or breast cancer from abortions. A woman has a lower chance of these cancers if she spends more of her life being pregnant and breastfeeding afterwards... so having six kids can be a good thing. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Should I screen my children for ovarian cancer genes since it seems to be so deadly? There is no history in my family.

Should I screen my children for ovarian cancer genes since it seems to be so deadly? There is no history in my family.

No: There is no simple screen for ovarian cancer susceptibility beyond the breast-ovarian cancer gene (brca) testing that costs $2600-3300. Only families with cases of ovarian or early onset (<45) breast cancer should consider this testing. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Am 32 - no children yet. Best way to determine 1.Ovarian cancer-pap smear or ca 125 & 2.Breast cancer-mammography or ca 15-3 granny died of ovarian ca?

Am 32 - no children yet. Best way to determine 1.Ovarian cancer-pap smear or ca 125 & 2.Breast cancer-mammography or ca 15-3 granny died of ovarian ca?

Exam: I would not recommend obtaining a ca-125 as it is a nonspecific test in patients without ovarian cancer. I would recommend a gynecologic exam. At your age, I would recommend a yearly breast exam. I would start obtaining mammograms at age 40. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How fast does ovarian cancer grow?

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?

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

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What are common symptoms of ovarian cancer?

What are common symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The four most common symptoms of early ovarian cancer are pain, bloating, feeling full when trying to eat (satiety), and urinary changes. ...Read more

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Who is best trained to treat ovarian cancer?

Who is best trained to treat ovarian cancer?

Two types: Usually having a gynecological oncologist and a medical oncologist is best in managing ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Can you tell me the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The four most common symptoms of early ovarian cancer are pain, bloating, feeling full when trying to eat (satiety), and urinary changes. ...Read more

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What can be initial symptoms of ovarian cancer?

What can be initial symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Non specific: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific. They often mimic other common conditions. These may include: abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating, pelvic discomfort or pain, persistent indigestion, gas or nausea, changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate, loss of appetite or quickly feeling full, and low back pain. ...Read more

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How likely is ovarian cancer for a 25 year old?

Not very likely: The actual answer to this depends on whether there is a family history of ovarian cancer. If a close family member of the 25 year old has had ovarian cancer then the family could carry the brca gene which would increase the possibility of ovarian cancer. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are generally bloating and possibly abdominal pain. An ultrasound of the ovaries will find cancer. ...Read more

Dr. John Geisler
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Hereditary Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Scott Diede
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Cancer In Children (Definition)

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