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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. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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%. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait between rounds of chemo with ovarian cancer?

How long do you have to wait between rounds of chemo with ovarian cancer?

Depends: It totally depends on what treatment you are receiving but one of the most common regimens taxol/carboplatin is every 3 weeks. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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%. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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If ovarian cancer suspect and ovary & lymph removed. Is biopsy done during surgery and how long til results? Will lymph biopsy results be done first?

Frozen section,,,: What is done during surgery for this or other operations for malignancy is usually a frozen section, not a biopsy. This is taken so the doctors know if there is tumor or if they got all the tumor if there is one. The results are reported at that time but it is preliminary. The official result comes after surgical dissection and examination and takes 2-3 days. Then the dr. Tells the pt. ...Read more

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Concerned had ultrasound a year ago - womb clear diagnosed wiv POCS hv all symptoms of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Hw long does it take 2 become stage 3?

Concerned had ultrasound a year ago - womb clear diagnosed wiv POCS hv all symptoms of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Hw long does it take 2 become stage 3?

Whoa: The symptoms of common stage 3 ovarian cancer are nonspecific. Poly cystic ovary syndrome is not cancer. Your fears alone justify repeat imaging. A check for pelvic venous congestion and functional bowel syndrome might be a next step. ...Read more

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My sister had ovarian cancer. She did 6 quimo and dr. Found liver metastasis. Please, tell me the best treatments and survival rate.?

Ovarian cancer: Treatments for this depend entirely on the time from the end of he last chemotherapy until the diagnosis of a new recurrence or progression of disease. If it is immediately after her initial 6 chemistry after her initial debulking surgery than it is much worse than if her initial debulking followed by 6 chemos was 2-3 years ago. ...Read more

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Stem cell transplant for ovarian cancer--will it prolong survival rate?

Stem cell transplant for ovarian cancer--will it prolong survival rate?

Yes possible: With out knowing stage and cell type of ovarian cancer, in general high dose chemotherapy with autologous (patients own) stem cell transplantation is promising to prolong the life, cure is not near yet, as most of the tumors are drug resistant (or right drug is not there) and have residual tumor in the body. ...Read more

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What is my mother in laws survival rate? She has ovarian cancer and found out four months ago, and has not been back to the doctor. We are trying to get her to go back

What is my mother in laws survival rate? She has ovarian cancer and found out four months ago, and has not been back to the doctor. We are trying to get her to go back

A: A little more information would be needed to answer that very important question. First, are we sure it's cancer? If it truly is, the most important predictors of survival are the type of ovarian cancer (there are several), the stage (how far has it spread) and the grade (how many dividing cells are seen under the microscope) of her tumor. Many times, this information is not available until surgery is done and a final tissue report is available. Choosing the correct surgeon is critical, and gynecologic oncologists have the highest success of surgery. Another important predictor is how much cancer is left behind by surgery. Nevertheless, many many many women have been completely cured of ovarian cancer. Even when not cured, women given the best ovarian cancer care may survive for many years with their cancer. Though doctors respect your mother in law's decision to not seek additional care, the consequences of not doing so will be deadly. If she truly has ovarian cancer, and it is not treated, surely this will result in the tumor progressing soon. I recommend that your mother in law seek the care of an experienced gynecologic oncologist to get these questions answered for her, at her earliest opportunity. ...Read more

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Could a cyst be a sign of ovarian cancer if you have premature ovarian failure? I have awful pain, increased urination and prolonged heavy bleeding.

Could a cyst be a sign of ovarian cancer if you have premature ovarian failure? I have awful pain, increased urination and prolonged heavy bleeding.

Ovarian cancer: It sounds as if you have other things going on also. You should not be bleeding if you have ovarian failure. You need to have an endometrial biopsy as well as have your ovaries evaluated. ...Read more

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My mother died just 35 days after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, they said her bowel was obstructed then it perforated, how long had she had it?

My mother died just 35 days after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, they said her bowel was obstructed then it perforated, how long had she had it?

A few years: I am sorry to hear of your loss. Ovarian cancer often does not produce specific symptoms till it has already spread. She had the disease for a few years, it is difficult to say how many. Please see this site for more info.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001891/. ...Read more

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Is it true HRT causes breast cancer, and uterine? How long shld I stay on it? Cancer runs on my side espec. Breast cancer, my mom. Aunt ovarian cancer

Is it true HRT causes breast cancer, and uterine? How long shld I stay on it? Cancer runs on my side espec. Breast cancer, my mom. Aunt ovarian cancer

See below: Certain hormones, especially longer use of estrogens, can increase a person's risk of breast cancer. Estrogen is listed as a known carcinogen on the fda web site & there is a class action lawsuit ongoing against premarin (conjugated estrogens). See site: http://m.Cancer. Org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/generalinformationaboutcarcinogens/known-and-probable-human-carcinogens. ...Read more

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What is ovarian cancer?

What is ovarian cancer?

Cancer in ovary: Malignancy (cancer) that arises from the epithelium, stroma, or germ cells of the ovary. There can also be metastatic disease to the ovaries from cancer elsewhere. ...Read more

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Ovarian cancer symtoms?

None specific, early: Unfortunately there are no specific symptoms in early disease, other than vague symptoms like bloating, abdominal discomfort etc. See the following site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...Read more

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Do I have ovarian cancer?

Probably not: But you'll have to give us a few more clues to get our input, but better to see your doctor to discuss prospect and risk. Unless fm hx, brca-2 +, I would not worry at 24. ...Read more

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Fluid with ovarian cancer?

Depends: If you are asking if there is fluid seen with ovarian cancer, then yes some ovarian cancers can cause excess abdominal fluid called ascites. ...Read more

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What caused ovarian cancer?

What caused ovarian cancer?

Possible Risk Factor: Risk factors for ovarian cancer include increasing age, obesity, prolonged use of fertility drugs, and family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer, especially for persons with brca 1 or 2 mutations. However, it's impossible to know why any individual develops cancer since having a risk factor does not guarantee the disease will develop and many people with cancer may not have risk factor. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer caused?

How is ovarian cancer caused?

No one cause: There is no specific cause for ovarian cancer, but several risk factors have been identified. Women who have a family history of either ovarian, breast, or colon cancer all are at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Most ovarian cancers are diagnosed in the six or seventh decades of life, and typically arise from the ovarian epithelium. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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How common is ovarian cancer?

How common is ovarian cancer?

About 20K per year: In the United States there are about 20, 000 new cases of ovarian cancer per year. ...Read more

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I think I have ovarian cancer?

I think I have ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Why do you think you have ovarian cancer? That usually occurs in an older age group....most ovarian lesions at your age are benign. If you have concerns about something, best to see your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How can I treat ovarian cancer?

How can I treat ovarian cancer?

Depends: It will depend on the stage. Curative surgery in early stage of disease plus minus chemotherapy. Debulking surgery is needed and is done by a gynecology-oncologist if the tumor burden is high - then followed by chemotherapy. The treatment will depend on the stage. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer detected?

How is ovarian cancer detected?

A few 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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How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

Tissue examination: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and physical examination may reveal a mass. There are many causes of a mass in the ovary and once a diagnosis is suspected, it requires removal of tissue and examination by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis. See this site for more info
http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you die from ovarian cancer?

Can you die from ovarian cancer?

Yes: Untreated, ovarian cancer is 100% fatal unless something else kills the patient first. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A typically silend cancer which ...Read more