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What are the chances of long-term survival after a third recurrence of ovarian cancer?

What are the chances of long-term survival after a third recurrence of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Ovarian cancer is a very serious often terminal disease. Gyn oncologists now treat it as a chronic, serious disease. However, with proper care more and more patient are living 5 years and more. Depending on the tumor's responsiveness to surgery and chemo, survival can be several years even after a 3rd, 4th or 5th recurrence.

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How long can you live with ovarian cancer?

How long can you live with ovarian cancer?

It depends: Ovarian cancer that is caught early enough can be cured with surgery and you can live a normal life. Ovarian cancer that can't be cured can be treated repeatedly. Many women live for years with ovarian cancer with intermittent treatment, but each case is different. This is something you should ask your oncologist to be very honest about.

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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.

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How long can ovarian cancer be left untreated?

How long can ovarian cancer be left untreated?

???: Why? Even patients with advanced cancer can be treated successfully for control of symptoms and sometimes do well for over a year. Progressive ovarian cancer can be quite unpleasant so I'm not sure why it would be left untreated. Of course, if the patient has already received multiple chemos, it would be a different situation. To answer your?, it depends but probably not for long.

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What are the survival rates for ovarian cancer?

What are the survival rates for ovarian cancer?

Depends on stage: Unfortunately, the survival rates for advanced ovarian cancer remain poor, despite advances in treatment. The overall survival at 5 years is 46%. However, survival varies greatly depending on the stage at diagnosis. Those diagnosed at stage I have a 5 year survival rate of around 80%, stage ii is around 55%, stage iii is around 30%, and stage IV is around 10%.

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How long does it take for ovarian cancer to progress? Months or years?

How long does it take for ovarian cancer to progress? Months or years?

Hugely variable: A lot depends on the type. A common granulosa cell tumor may smolder for decades before spreading. Choriocarcinoma has always spread by the time it is discovered, but all other tumors are unpredictable. If there is the least suspicion of cancer, staging is in order and most often excision.

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What amount survival chance for 81 yrs old with possible ovarian cancer?

What amount survival chance for 81 yrs old with possible ovarian cancer?

Depends on stage.: A woman who is 81 years old has 9 additional years of life expectancy based on actuarial data. If her ovarian cancer is early stage and she undergoes successful surgery to have it removed, her life expectancy wouldn't change. Her other health problems, if any, will impact how well she does. The more advanced her ovarian cancer, the lower her survival. Best wishes to you and her!

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I'm concerned that I have symptoms of ovarian cancer but I have no insurance and getting answers is taking a long time, how fast does cancer progress?

Well...: There is no easy answer to your question, other than to say that ovarian cancer is quite uncommon at your age except in rare situations. I would encourage you to continue looking for medical help. Most cities have county hospitals and if not, many private docs or hospitals often have indigent programs. Even if it is not cancer, sounds like you have issues that need to be dealt with. Best 2u.

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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.

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How long does it take to get results of an ovarian cancer screen?

What test are you: Referring to. There is no approved screening test for ovarian cancer in general population.

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What happens in the 4th stage of ovarian cancer, how long is life expectancy in this final stage?

Unpredictable: There are many different types of ovarian cancer. Stage IV means it is in the liver or outside the peritoneal cavity. Two types can still be cured most of the time no matter how advanced. Around 15% of women with other stage IV ovarian cancers are alive 5 years later. Good luck.

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What is the survival rate for stage II low grade ovarian cancer?

What is the survival rate for stage II low grade ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The survival rate for completely staged, completely cytoreduced, treated with chemotherapy after surgery stage ii disease is >80% at 5 years. Without all of those qualifications, it is about 65% at five years. This means if 3 women have the disease, one will die before five years and 2 will be living at 5 years.

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What is survival rate/prognosis for ovarian cancer that has spread to liver?

What is survival rate/prognosis for ovarian cancer that has spread to liver?

Sadly, not good: If ovarian cancer has spread to the liver, the long-term medical prognosis is not good at all. Make sure you or your loved one has some good personal support in place. Mu heart goes out to you.

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I have stage 4 ovarian cancer. I"ve gone off treatment. How long will I live?

I have stage 4 ovarian cancer. I"ve gone off treatment. How long will I live?

Not long: There is no specific amount of days or weeks for survival, however Stage 4 indicates that the Ovarian Cancer has metastasized (spread) to distant parts of your body. I wish you Godspeed as going off treatment is a very difficult decision to make for anyone in this condition.

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I've used baby powder a handful of times mostly after waxes to prevent chaffing. Is it only with regular, long term has ovarian cancer becomes a risk?

Low Risk: While Talc powder is a known risk factor, the prevalence of ovarian cancer is very low in the general population (Approximately 1.3 percent of women will be diagnosed with ovary cancer at some point during their lifetime). This cancer is not common. I would recommend stopping the use of talcum based powder if possible. Having kids, using birth control pills are protective factors! Dr M

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What is the survival rate for someone with stage 4 ovarian cancer that has spread to the brain, when she is 84?

What is the survival rate for someone with stage 4 ovarian cancer that has spread to the brain, when she is 84?

Unfortunately, low: Stage IV ovarian cancer unfortunately has a very low survival rate. The five year survival rate for this stage is around 11%.

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Made an appointment for prolonged period, what if it ends before the appointment should I still keep it. Mom died of ovarian cancer.

Made an appointment for prolonged period, what if it ends before the appointment should I still keep it. Mom died of ovarian cancer.

Get PAP and HPV: You may do a home pregnancy test. If you do it correctly and it is negative at 7-10 days after the missed period, you would unlikely to be pregnant and may not need to see your doctor as an urgent manner. However, it would be a good idea to see the doctor, establish a baseline observation about your health, get a PAP smear and get HPV vaccination.

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Is it regular, long term use of talcum powder in the genital area that increase risk of ovarian cancer? What about a handful of times only?

Is it regular, long term use of talcum powder in the genital area that increase risk of ovarian cancer? What about a handful of times only?

Very unlikely: Talcum powder use for life long may have some risk to cause Ovarian cancer. But this risk, if real, is very small. So in your case I would advise you to stop using it in future but not worry about your past use which was ever so minimal. Good luck.

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