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How do you check for ovarian cancer?

How do you check for ovarian cancer?

Many ways: Often it's asymptomatic until it's well advanced. If there's any early symptoms it's going to be vague ones that ladies are plagued with anyway like bloating and pelvic pain and bladder irritation. Testing 1st involves a pelvic exam (a small mass will be hard to feel), an ultrasound, possibly an MRI. A ca125 is a blood test that's usually elevated in ovarian cancer, but other things elevate it too. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Is an ultrasound that examines the endometrium also good for examining the ovaries?How does one get their ovaries examined to check for ovarian cancer

Is an ultrasound that examines the endometrium also good for examining the ovaries?How does one get their ovaries examined to check for ovarian cancer

Pelvic Ultrasound: A standard female pelvic ultrasound evaluates the uterus (and endometrium) as well as the ovaries. Current ultrasound technology (especially when both transabdominal and transvaginal images are obtained) is a very good screening test for ovarian pathology including ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Why is the ca-125 blood test to check for ovarian cancer not part of a woman's checkup?

Why is the ca-125 blood test to check for ovarian cancer not part of a woman's checkup?

Not useful: It is neither sensitive nor specific for ovarian cancer and is not useful as a screening test. If elevated at diagnosis of ovarian cancer, it is useful in following the progress of tumor and response to treatment. ...Read more

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Aren't transvaginal ultrasounds good for checking ovarian cancer?

Aren't transvaginal ultrasounds good for checking ovarian cancer?

Limited: Ultrasound, tumor marker evaluation, history, and physical exam have not been shown to be effective in adequately screening for this disease (even when used all together). This is a disease we don't really have a handle on right now. This doesn't mean patients who have pelvic pain or risk factors shouldn't be evaluated, but the tools available have not been shown to increase life expectancy. ...Read more

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After treatment for ovarian cancer, how often do I need to be checked?

After treatment for ovarian cancer, how often do I need to be checked?

Frequently at first: Often, there is very close follow up after ovarian cancer treatment - every 3-4 months generally. Once the cancer is in remission for over a year or so, this may extend to every 6 months. The exact follow-up schedule will depend on the type of ovarian cancer, stage of the cancer, and type of treatment. ...Read more

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Period is now finished and still feel bloated and keep checking everyone says I look normal but I'm obsessed with ovarian cancer could it be in myhead?

Period is now finished and still feel bloated and keep checking everyone says I look normal but I'm obsessed with ovarian cancer could it be in myhead?

In head: Malignancy in an ovary is essentially asymptomatic. Only when it metastasizes to omentum, the fat pad of the transverse colon does symptoms appear as an upper abdominal mass and secondarily the production of ascites which could produce swelling and a bloated feeling. A scan of the abdomen can resolve the issue ...Read more

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Does a ca125 blood test check for cancers other than ovarian cancer?

Does a ca125 blood test check for cancers other than ovarian cancer?

Yes: There are other cancers that will have a positive ca-125. They include cancer of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus, liver, breast, colon, or lung. Cancer of the lining of the abdominal cavity, and cancer of the fallopian tubes or lining of uterus. ...Read more

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Is there any screening test that my doctor can order to check if I have ovarian cancer and catch it early?

Is there any screening test that my doctor can order to check if I have ovarian cancer and catch it early?

A good test? No: Unfortunately, there is not good early screening test for ovarian cancer. If u happen to have a strong family history of the disease, it might be worthwhile to do a genetic test. 1 ovary test ca-125, is good for following a know ovarian cancer, but as a screening test, it doesn't pan out as a good test. A pelvic exam, and an ultrasound can be done also, but they are not good at early detection. ...Read more

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Hi just checking for signs of ovarian cancer. I have sharp pain in my tailbone everytime I sit and my serum testosterone has come out high. Im 26 yr ?

Hi just checking for signs of ovarian cancer.  I have sharp pain in my tailbone everytime I sit and my serum testosterone has come out high. Im 26 yr ?

Very unlikely: Ovarian cancer is unlikely in person of less than 30 years of age.. If your symptoms persist, you should seek medical advice and get an examination by your doctor. Your serum Testosterone level has no relation to your symptoms and it doe snot mean much...why was it even checked? Tell us the full story. ...Read more

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My mom has thyroid and i have very heavy periods with clotting... is this normal or should i get checked for pcos/ ovarian cancer?

My mom has thyroid and i have very heavy periods with clotting... is this normal or should i get checked for pcos/ ovarian cancer?

No.: mother's thyroid disorder is not pertinent. Your symptom is common, rarel, as an isolated symptom,due to PCOS. ...Read more

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