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Doctor insights on: How Fast Does Ovarian Cancerous Cysts Grow

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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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I was told I have a ovarian 1cm complex cyst with Hypervascularities. Does this mean it's cancerous?

I was told I have a ovarian 1cm complex cyst with Hypervascularities. Does this mean it's cancerous?

Slight possibility: Cystic lesions of the ovary smaller than 4-5 cm. are usually benign. For those that may be converting to a malignant state the cystic component tends to become complex. Because angiogenic factors play a role in the malignant lesion, hypervascular components to this type of cystic structure raise questions as to transformation. Careful screening with MRI and observation is necessary. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ovarian cysts/cancer?

What are symptoms of ovarian cysts/cancer?

Early on none...: Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include: abdominal bloating, pelvic discomfort or pain, persistent indigestion 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, increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist. Early in the course there many be no symptoms. ...Read more

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Could I have an ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer?

Could I have an ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer?

Maybe: If a female has questionable ovarian pathology a pelvic exam is useful because ovaries can be palpated for the most part. If noted, workup should continue. A pelvic sonogram can also tell whether a simple or complex cyst is present or a solid lesion of ovary is present and that laparoscopic removal is needed. ...Read more

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Can an ovarian cyst dissolve and be cancerous?

Can an ovarian cyst dissolve and be cancerous?

I do not understand: I do not understand what you mean from a cyst getting dissoved!. Yes the cyst can have cancer in it if it is big enough and is multilocular, with internal growth. A ct scan or ultrasound of the ovaries can help to make adistinction between benign versus maligmant ovarian cysts. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's ovarian cancer or just a cyst?

How to tell if it's ovarian cancer or just a cyst?

It's complicated: And takes many years if school/ residency and then fellowship training to be an expert in such matters. The answer is beyond the realm of health tap. ...Read more

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Is there evidence showing if the bigger the cyst more chances of it being ovarian cancer?

Is there evidence showing if the bigger the cyst more chances of it being ovarian cancer?

Complex, but no: Some of the largest ovarian cystic tumors are benign, so there is no simple rule about size versus malignancy. For more information if you have a cyst and are worried, consult your gynecologist. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have symptoms of an ovarian cyst, does that mean it is a cancerous cyst?

I'm just wondering, if you have symptoms of an ovarian cyst, does that mean it is a cancerous cyst?

No: Most ovarian cysts are benign and you needn't worry. Most ovarian cysts are small and are only felt intermittantly as pain. At your age, the chances of cancer are very small unless you have a strong family history of ovarian and/or breast cancer. Ultrasound are good at detecting the type of cyst you have, so ask your doctor for one if you're worried. ...Read more

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Can complex fluid filled ovarian cysts become cancerous? Why might there be a bright ring around it on u/s then no ring on f/u u/s? Causing much pain.

Can complex fluid filled ovarian cysts become cancerous? Why might there be a bright ring around it on u/s then no ring on f/u u/s? Causing much pain.

Yes it can: Complex cysts can be cancerous depending on their size and rate of growth. A CA125 test can help decide its nature. Ultrasound is a good test to measure increase in size and also may show any solid components inside the cyst. You should get the ultrasound repeated in 3-4 months and have your gynecologist guide you further. You may need surgical removal if it is causing you much pain or increased s ...Read more

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What are the signs of an ovarian cyst or ovarian cancer?

What are the signs of an ovarian cyst or ovarian cancer?

Abdominal swelling: Small ovarian cyts are asymptomatic. When they convert to a malignancy the cyst has markedly increased in size. The malignant lesion if unrecognized spreads to omentum because of TGF-B. A large mass filling upper abdomen develops and induces formation of ascites filling the abdomen with fluid. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer vs. Those for ovarian cysts?

What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer vs. Those for ovarian cysts?

Worsenin vs sporadic: Symptoms of ovarian cysts which burst tend to be sporadic/cyclical.There may be intense sharp right or left lower abdominal/pelvic pain, occurring around 14 days after the first day of one's cycle.Other types of ovar. Cysts which grow and do not burst may behave similarly to ovarian ca (bloating, pain w/ sex, frequent urination, lower abd pressure).Tests may be done by doc to distinguish btwn the 2. ...Read more

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Can a cystic tumour be cancerous? 27cm septated ovarian cyst. Thanks

Can a cystic tumour be cancerous? 27cm septated ovarian cyst.  Thanks

Yes: It can. It would be helpful to know your age and history to comment further. Septated cysts are also a malignancy risk but there are septated benign tumors too. Do you mean 27 cm or 27 mm? The smaller one 27 mm is fairly low risk regardless; if you mean the larger (27 cm) the risk is correspondingly higher. I hope this helps, good wishes. ...Read more

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Can benign ovarian cyst turn into cancer?

Can benign ovarian cyst turn into cancer?

No: I qualify that saying anything possible in medicine. Benign means just that. There are pre cancerous lesions so one has to be careful when telling a pt something is benign. If your doc is careful he will never say benign if there is some even remote possibility of cancer later. That is the way i practiced anyway. I hope whoever said that to you is careful!. Always be vigilant watching it! ...Read more

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Benign ovarian cyst can turn into cancer?

Benign ovarian cyst can turn into cancer?

Not likely: Do you know that the cyst is benign? It not possible to know that without removing the cyst and having it examined by a pathologist. Benign and malignant cysts may look the same on imaging. Bening cysts do not turn into malignant ones, and certainly not once those are removed. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhagic cyst cause ovarian cancer?

Unlikely: Hemorrhage occurs routinely in the cyst formed at ovulation. While a hemorrhagic cyst can be the result of a cancer, hemorrhagic cyst, per se, does not cause cancer. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between ovarian cyst or cancer!?

How can I distinguish between ovarian cyst or cancer!?

Can be difficult: Although imaging studies like ultrasound and ct are helpful sometimes the only way to rule out cancer is to undergo surgery. We are pretty good at figuring out which cysts need surgery right away compared with those that we can watch and see if they resolve on their own. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more