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How to really know the difference between ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer? Search engines are freaking me out on the subject.

How to really know the difference between ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer? Search engines are freaking me out on the subject.

Ca125: Ca125 is a blood test frequently elevated in ovarian cancer, not elevated in cyst. An ultrasound will also show characterists of benign vs cancer but if persisting may need to be removed. ...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 a CT show difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Can a CT show difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Depends.: A cystic ovarian lesion can be a benign cyst or a cystic neoplasm. Even a benign cyst can be difficult to diagnose on ct if it has blood (hemorrhagic) or debris inside it. A ct may not be able to discern a hemorrhagic cyst from a solid tumor. A cyst with a growth along its wall may be suspicious. An ultrasound may be useful. Short term follow may tell if the cyst resolve/improve. ...Read more

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Does a CT show a difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: A ct of the abdomen and pelvis can give clues but surgery gives the only answers. In general, ovarian cancers are larger, more complex, often involve the omentum and lymph nodes. Ascites (excessive fluid in the abdomen) is often seen on ct also. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in symptoms associated with ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer?

Is there a difference in symptoms associated with ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer?

Difficult: Difficult to discern just by symptoms, needs an evaluation by a physician to work up in detail. ...Read more

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Is it possible to tell when your ovarian cyst might turn into ovarian cancer?

Is it possible to tell when your ovarian cyst might turn into ovarian cancer?

Physical exam/images: Most ovarian cysts will not ever turn malignant. If you are at high risk or very concerned then you need to be followed regularly by your gyn with physical exams and ultrasounds and if ever clarification is needed a ct scan can be ordered. ...Read more

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Hi a week ago I was diagnosed with a8 cm ovarian cyst but have been doing some online reading and I have all the symptoms of ovarian cancer should I b?

Hi a week ago I was diagnosed with a8 cm ovarian cyst but have been doing some online reading and I have all the symptoms of ovarian cancer should I b?

Stop doing this: If your radiologist is confident that this is not cancer, trust them. You may request reading by another radiologist. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are nonspecific and even spastic colon can be a ringer. Don't symptom-match using the internet. You will trouble yourself and not help your care in any way. Read up instead on what cysts really are. ...Read more

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How do ovarian cancer and ovarian cyst differ?

Malignant/Benign: Ovarian cancer is a serious malignant tumor and can be fatal
on the other hand the ovarian cysts are benign tumors which may or may not need ant treatment. ...Read more

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How do you know if your ovarian cyst is going to ovarian cancer?

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

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How to determine when your ovarian cyst is going to ovarian cancer?

How to determine when your ovarian cyst is going to ovarian cancer?

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

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Do ovarian cysts always lead to ovarian cancer?

Most cysts benign: The majority of ovarian cysts, often related to the follicle, where the egg is stored, are benign. Ovarian cysts are very rarely malignant. However, any discovered ovarian cyst should be closely evaluated. ...Read more

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Could I have an ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer?

Could I have an ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer?

Maybe: If a female has questionable ovarian pathology a pelvic exam is useful because ovaries can be palpated for the most part. If noted, workup should continue. A pelvic sonogram can also tell whether a simple or complex cyst is present or a solid lesion of ovary is present and that laparoscopic removal is needed. ...Read more

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How are an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer different?

Benign&Malignant: Ovarian cysts are benign fluid filled sacs in the ovaries. Some custs can become cancerous
ovarian cancer is a malignant tumor of ovaries and is a serious condition often with poor prognosis requiring surgery, chemotherapy and sometime radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What are the signs of an ovarian cyst or ovarian cancer?

What are the signs of an ovarian cyst or ovarian cancer?

Abdominal swelling: Small ovarian cyts are asymptomatic. When they convert to a malignancy the cyst has markedly increased in size. The malignant lesion if unrecognized spreads to omentum because of TGF-B. A large mass filling upper abdomen develops and induces formation of ascites filling the abdomen with fluid. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer vs. Those for ovarian cysts?

What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer vs. Those for ovarian cysts?

Worsenin vs sporadic: Symptoms of ovarian cysts which burst tend to be sporadic/cyclical. There may be intense sharp right or left lower abdominal/pelvic pain, occurring around 14 days after the first day of one's cycle. Other types of ovar. Cysts which grow and do not burst may behave similarly to ovarian ca (bloating, pain w/ sex, frequent urination, lower abd pressure).Tests may be done by doc to distinguish btwn the 2. ...Read more

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How do you know when your ovarian cyst is becoming to ovarian cancer?

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

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27cm septated ovarian cyst, what percentage would it be cancerous? I've got all the typical symptoms of ovarian cancer See gyno on wed help please

27cm septated ovarian cyst, what percentage would it be cancerous? I've got all the typical symptoms of ovarian cancer See gyno on wed help please

Not likely cancer: Simple ovarian cysts (1) are rarely malignant, and (2) especially a huge ovarian cyst, such as this, is rarely malignant. The symptoms you call typical of ovarian cancer are simply the symptoms of a pelvic mass, not specific for cancer. ...Read more

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Does an ovarian cyst larger than 6 CM have to be removed if you have a history of ovarian cancer in your family? The cyst has enlarged over 3 months.

Does an ovarian cyst larger than 6 CM have to be removed if you have a history of ovarian cancer in your family? The cyst has enlarged over 3 months.

Ovarian cyst: Ovarian cancer can present as cystic lesion. It is sometimes not easy to differentiate benign cyst to malignant cyst. Thus, if the cyst is big and growing-a surgical resection should be seriously considered. Talk to your gynecology oncologist and discuss more in regard to surgery etc. The risk for you is even more significant with the positive family history of ovarian cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cysts on my both ovaries. Still I am twenty. My CA 125 count is 478. is it a ovarian cancer?

I have ovarian cysts on my both ovaries. Still I am twenty. My CA 125 count is 478. is it a ovarian cancer?

Unlikely but needs m: Any mass (even a cyst) if it is growing and gets to be over 5-6 CM has to be suspect for ovarian cancer. So you need a good gynecologist who can examine and check your ovaries periodically (like every 3 months). CA 125 can be high even in benign conditions unless it is rising rapidly and gets up to be.500 units. This should be checked periodically at 3 month intervals along with the Ultrrasound. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop benign ovarian cysts after the last round of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer?

Yes: But your oncologis will always asume they are malignant until proven otherwise. Usually after ovarian cancer they remove everything so I'm not certain why I am getting this question. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

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


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A growth (often balloon like) on an ovary. It is often thin walled ...Read more