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

Dr. John Geisler
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Devon Webster
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How long can you live with ovarian cancer?

Dr. Devon Webster
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
17 years in practice
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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How long does it take for ovarian cancer to progress? Months or years?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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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?

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
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How long can ovarian cancer be left untreated?

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Hung Khong
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How long can ovarian cancer go undetected?

Dr. Hung Khong
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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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. ...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
Board Certified, Gynecology
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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. Ed Friedlander
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What happens in the 4th stage of ovarian cancer, how long is life expectancy in this final stage?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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How long do you have to wait between rounds of chemo with ovarian cancer?

Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
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How long do you have to wait between rounds of chemo with ovarian cancer?

Depends: Speak to your treating oncologist , as so many varibles are involved. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Nowicki
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How long does it take to get results of an ovarian cancer screen?

Dr. Paul Nowicki
Board Certified, Gynecologic Oncology
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What test are you: Referring to. There is no approved screening test for ovarian cancer in general population. ...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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