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How Long Can You Have Ovarian Cancer Without Knowing
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
???: 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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