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How can my doctor diagnose ovarian cancer?

How can my doctor diagnose ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer test: The best initial test for someone with symptoms of ovarian cancer (bloating, gastrointestinal changes, abdominal pain, urinary symptoms) is a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound. This test can alert the doctor to the possibility of ovarian cancer. However, the only definitive way to make a diagnosis is with surgery. There is no effective screening test yet for women without symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

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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What tests can diagnose ovarian cancer?

What tests can diagnose ovarian cancer?

CA-125 , ultrasound: Routine screening is not recommended on people with average risk. Family history is a strong risk factor. In these patients ca-125 (it is a tumor marker checked in blood) also transvaginal ultrasound can help early diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there a way that doctors diagnose ovarian cancer?

Is there a way that doctors diagnose ovarian cancer?

Yes. Biopsy. : Doctors look for ovarian cancer with tests such as pelvic exams, ultrasounds, or a blood test called ca-125. Unfortunately, though, these tests can miss cancers or be positive when there actually is no cancer (false positive). The final diagnosis, then, needs to be made by looking at pieces of the ovary in question under a microscope - this is called a biopsy. ...Read more

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Can an xray diagnose ovarian cancer?

Can an xray diagnose ovarian cancer?

No: Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose. An X-Ray isn't sensitive enough. Ultrasound, CT and MRI are the modalities that are usually used. Sometimes it is only diagnosed at the time of surgery. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Should a GYN do a biopsy to diagnose endometriosis? My Dr didn't do a biopsy and I'm concerned my symptoms are ovarian cancer.

Should a GYN do a biopsy to diagnose endometriosis? My Dr didn't do a biopsy and I'm concerned my symptoms are ovarian cancer.

Clarify plan: In order to do a biopsy to confirm Endometriosis your doctor will need to perform a surgery to allow entry into your abdominal cavity. This is called a laparoscopy. An endometrial biopsy can be done in the office but this samples the lining of the uterus and is not form endometriosis. If you are concerned about ovarian cancer then please see an Obgyn to clarify the symptoms and the evaluation plan ...Read more

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If my mother had ovarian cancer when she conceived me is there a chance she could of passed on to me without doctors being able to diagnose me?

NO: But you may have slightly higher incidence compared to normal population, some rare ovarian cancers are genetically inherited you need to see your gyn doctor regularly. ...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?

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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Can ovarian cancer ever be cured?

Can ovarian cancer ever be cured?

Yes: Ovarian cancer can be cured especially when it is discovered early. One of the challenges with ovarian cancer is that it is often discovered when it is more advanced because there are no effective screening tools and the disease can often be asymptomatic until it is more advanced. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for ovarian cancer?

Increased risk...: ...is associated with increased age, women with a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, women with the genetic BRCA modifications, and certain ethnicities. These groups have a higher risk than the overall lifetime risk for women in the US of 1.6%. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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