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How To Check For Ovarian Cysts
Many 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more
It should be painles: Sometimes the study is performed wtih abdominal probe in which case a full bladder is necessary to visualize pelvic organs well. Many times, vaginal probe examination is also performed because this produces superb images as the probe can get very close to the organs being examined. You will need to empty your bladder for this part of the exam. Sometimes, 3d images of the ovary may be helpful. ...Read more
Answers: When an a woman presents with pelvic pain or a pelvic mass, the doctor may suspect an ovarian cyst. Usually a pelvic ultrasound will be ordered. At the time of the ultrasound, warm gel is placed on the lower abdomen while the tech observes the screen. Vaginal ultrasound is often done too for a better view of the ovaries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ovarian Cyst/cancer: Ovarian cysts can develop into ovarian cancer over a very long time but not all ovarian cysts will become cancers. Simple cysts are rarely cancers regardless of the size. However, it there are abnormal areas within the cyst or it stays around for a long period of time, it needs to be evaluated. Serial ultrasounds are a good may to monitor the size and appearance and other markers are helpful too. ...Read more
Frequently at first: Often, there is very close follow up after ovarian cancer treatment - every 3-4 months generally. Once the cancer is in remission for over a year or so, this may extend to every 6 months. The exact follow-up schedule will depend on the type of ovarian cancer, stage of the cancer, and type of treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing good: Unfortunately there is nothing that's accurate. We sometimes use ultrasound and a blood test called CA125 to screen very high risk people like those with a family history of ovarian/breast cancer or Ashkenazi Jewish. However, even in this group we are not very good at preventing ovarian cancer and making people live longer. There are some tests in development and hopefully it will be reality soon ...Read more
Chances remote: All women have cysts on their ovarys as they produce eggs. The overwhelming majority regress spontaneously. If one does not on serial ultrasounds, an aspiration(sucking out some of the fluid in the cyst) can be done under ultrasound or ct guidance/. ...Read more
How can I be tested for ovarian cancer? What type of tests do they use to determine if you have ovarian cancer?
Exam, not a CA-125!: A ca-125 test should not be ordered unless there is a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. This test can be elevated in a number of benign conditions. Regular follow up with your gynecologist is the best way. If there is a concern based on symptoms or an exam, your gynecologist may obtain a transvaginal ultrasound. Hope this helps. ...Read more
History and physical: Is where a doctor starts, including a family history. The physical includes a breast exam both sitting up and lying down. Given your age, a screening mammogram would be the usual next step, assuming the history and physical did not reveal anything concerning. Then see what the mammogram results are. You should perform breast self exam every month in the shower - ask your doctor for instruction. ...Read more
Can i live normal with polycycstic ovaries? or do i need to treat them? can this lead to ovarian cancer?
There is not: complete agreement on this, but there are some studies that suggest increased ri sk of ovarian and breast cancer(lack of ovulation, which can occur in PCOS, is linked to higher rates of breast cancer) in patients with PCOS. Discuss your options with your gyn. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Talk to your doc: Most cysts are completely benign and do not turn to cancer. In fact, cysts form normally during a woman's cycle. There are certain characteristics of ovarian cysts that can be seen on ultrasound or other studies that suggest they are benign and are not cancerous. Talk to your doctor to learn more about the specifics of your condition. ...Read more
Yes: Just like every cook knows how to make lasagna. Some better than others. See a laparoscopic expert. ...Read more
Depends on size and : Kind and your fertilty desires in some cases, if it is a simple benign fluid filled cyst and not too large or ruptured you can get on bc pills or depo- shots or other hormonal birth control to hopefully shrink it, if it is not a simple cyst you may need surgery often times it can be done thru a scope or robot so you n eed to discuss everything with the gyn who diagnosed you! ...Read more
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