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Doctor insights on: How Long Can You Live With Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer

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How do I tell my children I have stage 4 ovarian cancer?

How do I tell my children I have stage 4 ovarian cancer?

Be honest.: It's important to be honest with them. Cancer is understandably a shocking and emotionally taxing thing for everyone involved, so keeping everyone on the same page will allow you and your loved ones to support each other through difficult times. Keep them, as well as yourself, informed of all the amazing resources out there to help patients and their families cope with their situation. ...Read more

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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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Can nutrian halt stage 4 ovarian cancer?

Can nutrian halt stage 4 ovarian cancer?

Not sure what: nutrian is. Do you mean nutrition? If so, then no, nutritional changes will not be effective as a primary treatment, although proper nutrition is always advisable to maximize your health potential. ...Read more

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In stage 4 ovarian cancer, what does it usually mean if your ca-125 goes from 600 to 222 then back up to 350?

In stage 4 ovarian cancer, what does it usually mean if your ca-125 goes from 600 to 222 then back up to 350?

Some response: If therapies are changed we look at the ca125 levels to guide the choice of chemotherapy. This would be compatible with a temporary response to type of therapy. ...Read more

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In stage 4 ovarian cancer, what does it mean if after several chemo treatments, if your ca-125 stays same?

Hard to say: If your ca-125 was very elevated to start with, and it's staying the same, that means the ovarian cancer cells aren't growing, which is good! of course you'd feel better if your ca-125 was going down, but that can take some time. If your ca-125 was in the normal range to start with, or only mildly elevated, it might not be an accurate marker for your cancer. How you feel is very important! ...Read more

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My mom has stage 4 ovarian cancer and I have moderate cancer cells on my cervix. Should I opt for hystorectomy? My tubes have been clamped 4 3.5 yrs

My mom has stage 4 ovarian cancer and I have moderate cancer cells on my cervix. Should I opt for hystorectomy? My tubes have been clamped 4 3.5 yrs

Not necessarily: I'm so sorry about your mom. Ovarian cancer is different from cervical cancer. You probably don't need a hysterectomy for your cervix, but please let your doctor know about your mom. Your doctor can explain your abnormal cells and your risk for ovarian cancer. Ask him or her about genetic testing for ovarian cancer. You might choose a hysterectomy for peace of mind in the end--your choice! ...Read more

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When I was diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian cancer the oncocoligist said they should just call it stage iv. Is this true ?

When I was diagnosed with stage  3c ovarian cancer the oncocoligist said they should just call it stage  iv. Is this true ?

Different reason: Your oncologist must have a reason to call it stage IV fromstage iii c. In stage IV the tumor cells are found out side peritoneal( abdominal ) caviety, may be fluid from chest have cancer cells. Ask your oncologist, why it upgraded to IV , you will get the explanation , good luck. ...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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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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

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