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Marianne DiNapoli
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What is stage 3 ovarian cancer, how do you stage ovarian cancer?

What is stage 3 ovarian cancer, how do you stage ovarian cancer?

Stages I - IV.: Stage i ovarian cancer means the cancer is only located in the ovaries. Stage ii is when the cancer has spread to other organs in the pelvis, such as the uterus. Stage iii occurs when the cancer spreads beyond the pelvis to other abdominal organs and lymph nodes. Stage iv, the most advanced stage, means the cancer has spread (metastasized) to distant organs like the lungs or liver. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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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Dr. Joshua Lawson
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What's the difference in life expectancy between stage 2 and stage 3 ovarian cancer?

Link: Here's a link for survival by stage. There are subgroups of stage ii and iii. Here's the link: http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-survival-rates. ...Read more

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Dr. Ron Citron
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Total hys. In 2005 because of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Now had 2 abnormal paps and scheduled for another in 2 weeks. Also 2 scopes showed nothing.

Total hys. In 2005 because of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Now had 2 abnormal paps and scheduled for another in 2 weeks. Also 2 scopes showed nothing.

Not possible: If you had a total hysterectomy your cervix has been removed and a "pap" is not sampling cervical tissue. Could be regional recurrence. You need full evaluation including imaging of abdomen and pelvis. ...Read more

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Dr. Timothy Goggins
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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 more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Stage 3 ovarian cancer diagnosed 2 weeks ago spread to abdomen. Drained fluid only. Docs say liver&kidney too poor for chemo. What are next options?

Stage IV: If they said the liver and kidney are involved- that means it is a stage IV disease. Ovarian cancer is in general sensitive to chemotherapy and for stage iv- chemotherapy is the mainstay therapy. What do you mean by poor for chemo? You have many other medical problems- or you could not tolerate therapy? Option beside chemo would palliative care i.e. Hospice care. D/w ur oncologist and gbu. ...Read more

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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How long does ovarian cancer take to develop into stage 3/4?

How long does ovarian cancer take to develop into stage 3/4?

Hard to know: Most ovarian cancers are already stage 3 or 4 when they are diagnosed so we really don't know how long it took them to get there. In retrospect, many women have had symptoms for many months before their diagnosis. There may also be an asymptomatic stage that could last for months or even years before the symptoms begin. ...Read more

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Dr. Srbislav Brasovan
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What is the life expectancy with untreated stage 3 -b ovarian cancer?

It depends: In my 50 years off active practice i predicted patient with stage 3 ovarian cancer life expectancy of 6 monts, she survived 15 years. I predicted in stage 1 ovarian cancerpatientexcellent prognosis, she did not make 1 year. Nevertheless stage 3b is a serious prognosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. Christian Schultheis
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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


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