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How fast does ovarian cancer spread?

How fast does ovarian cancer spread?

It's variable.: Some ovarian cancers spread very slowly - over years, even. The most common form of ovarian cancer likely spreads more quickly than that (weeks to months), but every patient with ovarian cancer is different. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Where does ovarian cancer spread to?

Where does ovarian cancer spread to?

Pelvis & abomen: Commonly when advaced spreads in the abdomen affecting the peritoneum producing increased intra pelvic and abdominal fluid. As most cancers may spread to liver, lung, brain, bone. Most ovarian cancer produce symptoms only in advanced stages with nonspecific sensations of increased belly or intraabdominally discomfort. Ca 125 is not a screening test because of so many false positives and negatives. ...Read more

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Does surgery cause ovarian cancer to spread?

Does surgery cause ovarian cancer to spread?

No: I am not sure what surgery you are talking about, but in and of itself surgery will not cause ovarian cancer to spread. ...Read more

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If ovarian cancer spreads to the kidney does it spread via blood?

If ovarian cancer spreads to the kidney does it spread via blood?

Yes that would be th: Spread into kidney is uncommon. It may occur by surface implantation when there is intra-abdominal tumor all round the kidneys or it could spread via blood although that is a less common route of spread for ovarian cancer compared to most other cancers. ...Read more

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Ovarian cancer, omental caking, spread though peritoneum --what is prognosis?

Ovarian cancer, omental caking, spread though peritoneum --what is prognosis?

Probably not great.: This seems like advanced disease that is relatively widespread. This would likely be treated with chemotherapy, like Paclitaxel and cisplatin.In cycles. This has been shown to have a 5 year survival of up to 20%. ...Read more

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If I have ovarian cancer, omental caking, spread though peritoneum, what is my prognosis?

If I have ovarian cancer, omental caking, spread though peritoneum, what is my prognosis?

Depends on surgery: Ovarian cancer has a high incidence of metastasis. When it occurs surgical debuling is the procedure of choice. The omentum becomes involved due to presence of TGF-B producing caking and leading to ascites followed by diaphragm and small bowel seeding. Best results with total omentectomy and debulking to no lesion left that is larger than 1 cm or smaller. Chemo then can be effective. ...Read more

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What is survival rate/prognosis for ovarian cancer that has spread to liver?

Sadly, not good: If ovarian cancer has spread to the liver, the long-term medical prognosis is not good at all. Make sure you or your loved one has some good personal support in place. Mu heart goes out to you. ...Read more

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What to do about ovarian cancer, omental caking, spread though peritoneum --prognosis?

Can be helped: A radical resection of the omentum essentially removing the entire cake of tumor is performed eliminating vasucular permeability factor that leads to ascites. All peritoneal nodules are resected to smaller than 1 cm. and patient then placed on chemotherapy. Occassionally hyperthermic peritoneal chemotherapy lavage employed. Often patients may be cured if not helped in terms of survival. ...Read more

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A plaque like coating over part of the liver, could this spread into the liver. My wife is an ovarian cancer sufferer aged 54?

Ovarian cancer: Tumor coatings of the liver are very frequent in ovarian cancer. They are readily ablated safely at the time of primary debulking. Ovarian cancer can invade the liver but happens through blood-borne spread not direct invasion. ...Read more

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My gmom is 86 and has been diagnosed with cervical/ovarian cancer which we recently found out it spreaded to the bones. What exactly are we looking at?

My gmom is 86 and has been diagnosed with cervical/ovarian cancer which we recently found out it spreaded to the bones. What exactly are we looking at?

Stage 4 disease: Your grandmother has stage 4 cancer. This is an advanced cancer and I'm sorry to say will likely be terminal. Speak with your oncologist and radiaton specialist, she may be able to have radiation therapy to the bone mets. This may relieve some of her bone pain. Only God knows the hour of our passing. She could live for months or a very short time depending on her baseline performance status. ...Read more

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Is it fairly rare that ovarian cancer would spread to the anterior cervical lymph nodes?

Is it fairly rare that ovarian cancer would spread to the anterior cervical lymph nodes?

YES: The spread is usually intra-pelvic and intra-abdominal ..INGUINAL nodes may be involved but spread ABOVE THE DIAPHRAGM is unusual and is usually to the lungs! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for someone with stage 4 ovarian cancer that has spread to the brain, when she is 84?

What is the survival rate for someone with stage 4 ovarian cancer that has spread to the brain, when she is 84?

Unfortunately, low: Stage IV ovarian cancer unfortunately has a very low survival rate. The five year survival rate for this stage is around 11%. ...Read more

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Could the transvaginal ultrasound not catch ovarian cancer on time before it spreads to other organs?

Could the transvaginal ultrasound not catch ovarian cancer on time before it spreads to other organs?

Possibly: The transvaginal ultrasound (u/s) is arguably the best screening tool for ovarian cancer (oca) but certainly the quality of the u/s and the state of the oca when it was discovered can affect the value of the early diagnosis. A recent study comparing the survival of persons whose oca was detected by u/s to those diagnosed by other means showed significant increased survival in the u/s group. ...Read more

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Does this mean that the transvaginal ultrasound does not catch ovarian cancer on time before it spreads?

Only a small : Percentage of ovarian cancers are found by accident on ultrasound before they spread outside of the ovary. ...Read more

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My maternal grandmother developed Ovarian Cancer at age 70-71. It later came back and had spread to her lungs (smoker). Should I have genetic tests?

My maternal grandmother developed Ovarian Cancer at age 70-71. It later came back and had spread to her lungs (smoker). Should I have genetic tests?

Talk to your doctor: People with family histories of certain cancers may be at higher risk than others, and genetic testing (for the BRAC1 and 2 genes, for example) can detect risk not only for breast cancer, but ovarian cancer as well, which should lead to more intense and regular screenings. A physician with interest/expertise in genetics should be consulted if your primary care doctor is not knowledgeable in this. ...Read more

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Stage 4 ovarian cancer now has a fluid mass between stomach and liver does this mean it has spread to liver?

Stage 4 ovarian cancer  now has a fluid mass between stomach and liver does this mean it has spread to liver?

Stage 4 Cancer: Not necessarily, but it does suggest at least inter abdominal spread, if not metastatic disease to the liver. An imaging study of the liver and abdomen can tell where it has spread. ...Read more

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Hi.Ovarian cancer, spread to bowel.Was considered for HIPEC but spread to small bowel means surgery not possible.Any alternatives to palliative chemo?

Hi.Ovarian cancer, spread to bowel.Was considered for HIPEC but spread to small bowel means surgery not possible.Any alternatives to palliative chemo?

Here are my suggesti: Ovarian Cancer often involved multiple organs in the abdomen including the small bowel. In fact the bowel involvement is very common. Because of the above reasoning, surgery(often called Debulking surgery) is commonly done first treatment for optimum results. Chemotherapy is often done following surgery(with a few exceptions where Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (done first, before surgery) is preferred. ...Read more

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My sister has stage vi ovarian cancer that spread to liver and stomach. She is on chemo and is meking her very sick, she whent to the toilet and her bowl was a lot of blood, please tell me what is the prognosis.?

Prognosis: The prognosis (outlook) for anyone with stage IV ovarian cancer is quite grave. Additionally, if your sister is having frank blood while on the toilet, she should be in immediate contact with her physician or brought into the emergency room. ...Read more

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Stg 4 ovarian cancer which has spread to, among other areas, liver and peritoneum. Just completed her 3rd rnd of chemo prior to a surgical consult. The questions: what is the likely quality of life after a surgical debulking? What would you say is the 2 &

Stg 4 ovarian cancer which has spread to, among other areas, liver and peritoneum. Just completed her 3rd rnd of chemo prior to a surgical consult. The questions: what is the likely quality of life after a surgical debulking? What would you say is the 2 &

Better: Stage IV ovarian cancer is a advanced stage IV addition beyond peritoneal cavity with 15.5 % of 5 yr life expectancy. Debulking of the tumor will reduce the tumor burden on host during chemo, will have better quality of life , obstructive symptoms will be relived, will enable to push to 15.5 % group. Ofcourse stage ii has much better prognosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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