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How To Find Out If You Have Ovarian Cancer
It depends.: Pain and bloating can be signs of ovarian cancer, but they can be just from a painful period. Ovarian cancer would be more likely in older women, like 40+ years, and most likely in women 70+ years. Other tests, like pelvic exam, ca-125, and transvaginal ultrasound would be needed. The ultimate way to know is surgery to see if it is in fact, a tumor of something else. ...Read more
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
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
Ovarian cancer: Majority of patients with ovarian cancer present with abdominal pain, distension and fluid build up known as ascites. Some have change in their bowel habits from peritoneal disease. It can cause weight loss, malaise and constitutional symptoms. Some can have symptoms fr metastatic disease. Very few <5 % present with vaginal bleeding. ...Read more
Ovarian cancer: Most people do not have symptoms until advanced stages but if symptoms occur, they may include bloating, pain, early satiety (feeling full after a few bites) or change in urinary symptoms. Changes in bowel (constipation or diarrhea) may also occur. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Conceivably it is possible, assuming the other ovary is normal and has no cancer in it. However, i think most physicians who harvest eggs, are probably uncomfortable treating a patient with cancer in the ovary, and thus may be reluctant to perform the harvest. You should discuss this with your oncologist who should guide you to the right decision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not recommended: If you have ovarian cancer, your first priority must be to have the ovaries and all possible cancer cells removed. Attempting to harvest eggs could potentially spread the cancer to other places in the abdomen and cause delays in your cancer treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ovarian cancer: The four most common symptoms of early ovarian cancer are pain, bloating, feeling full when trying to eat (satiety), and urinary changes. Constipation is seen leas frequently at presentation but it can be a sign. If these symptoms last more than 2 weeks see your gynecologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Annual exam: A pap smear is typically done during the annual exam. A pap smear is the test done to detect and prevent cervical cancer. During the pelvic exam the ovaries are felt. This is one of the screening tools to detect ovarian abnormalities. In some cases a sonogram is done to better assess the ovaries. ...Read more
Primary peritoneal : There is a disease which looks like ovarian cancer under the microscope; is treated like ovarian cancer and has the same type of symptoms. It is called primary peritoneal carcinoma. Removal of the ovaries does not decrease the risk of having this disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
During sex I bleed I have an ovarian cyst what cause that.And how do you know you have ovarian cancer?
Back pain&ovarianCA: Ovarian ca is the silent ca. It is hard to diagnosis and it can be easily confused with other problems. Symptoms are bloating, pelvic and back pain, frequent urination, difficulty eating, weight loss , which have been present for at least 6-12 months. The most common cause of frequency and back pain is a bladder infection...But pleas see your doctor and get checked out for both. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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