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Marianne DiNapoli
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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What is stage 3 ovarian cancer, how do you stage ovarian cancer?

Marianne DiNapoli
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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. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Addagada Rao
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How do you treat stage 3 ovarian cancer?

Dr. Addagada Rao
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How do you treat stage 3 ovarian cancer?

Chemo: Stage iii ovarian cancer is treated with chemotherapy, see your oncologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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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.

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.

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. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Timothy Goggins
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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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?

Dr. Timothy Goggins
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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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?

Dr. Liawaty Ho
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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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?

Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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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. John Geisler
Board Certified, Gynecologic Oncology
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What is the life expectancy with untreated stage 3 -b ovarian cancer?

Dr. John Geisler
Board Certified, Gynecologic Oncology
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Ovarian cancer : It depends on the type of ovarian cancer. Even at stage iiib not all ovarian cancers require chemotherapy. However, if you are talking about stage iiib invasive serous carcinoma (the most common type), then the average survival without adequate therapy would be < 1 year. With proper surgery and chemotherapy, more than 60% will live 5 years or more. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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How long after debulking surgey for ovarian cancer can you wait to start chemo..It is stage 3 c?

Dr. Addagada Rao
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How long after debulking surgey for ovarian cancer can you wait to start chemo..It is stage 3 c?

When wound heals: Has to wait till wound heals 2 to 3 wks. ...Read more

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
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Can you start chemo with open inscion from debulking surgery. Diagnosed with stage 3 c ovarian cancer and am diabetic?

Dr. Christian Schultheis
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Not a good idea: I would not. I would wait until it heals up. ...Read more

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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

Ovarian cancer is an over proliferation of certain cells in the ovaries. It usually affects older women. Symptoms do not usually occur until late in the course of the disease and include ...Read more


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