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If wifes mom had it is it possible that she will have ovarian cancer?

If wifes mom had it is it possible that she will have ovarian cancer?

Possible: Majority of ovarian cancer is sporadic. However, there is a familial type of ovarian cancer- i.e. Ovarian-breast hereditary syndrome- where people can have mutation in the brca 1/2 genes.It will give her significant risk to develop both ovarian & breast ca as well as other cancer. Check if there's other family members with different kind of cancers.She needs to discuss with her doctor her risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Today my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. How bad is this type of cancer?

Today my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. How bad is this type of cancer?

It is often treatabl: Ovarian cancer is a serious illness, but there is good treatment available for it. With current treatments nearly one half of the ovarian cancers are curable. But it will take some time to know how well she willl do in the long range. I would advise you to be hopeful that she has a good chance to recover from this illness. ...Read more

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Mom has advanced ovarian cancer and just wants to have pain relief. How can we prepare?

Mom has advanced ovarian cancer and just wants to have pain relief. How can we prepare?

Talk to doctor: You should be proactive in having her discuss this with her oncologist. Her pain should be manageable but if it seems to be difficult then consultation with a pain management specialist might be in order. ...Read more

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My mom, her two sisters and my grandma all developed ovarian cancer Should I get a hysterectomy after I'm done having kids to avoid cancer myself?

My mom, her two sisters and my grandma all developed ovarian cancer   Should I get a hysterectomy after I'm done having kids to avoid cancer myself?

Genetic counseling: Yo u ask a very important and relevant questions. Prior to doing anything, strongly suggest you speak with a genetic counselor who can outline your and your offspring's risk of cancer, and as well any additional diagnostic tests that might be performed. Good luck. ...Read more

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What foods will help my mom who is starting treatment for advanced ovarian cancer?

What foods will help my mom who is starting treatment for advanced ovarian cancer?

Balanced diet/vitami: A well balanced diet rich in protein and fruits&vegetables, lean cut meats and suuplement with vitamins. ...Read more

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I have a complex cyst that contains a daughter cyst, 4.7cm. My mom passed from ovarian cancer at 49, im 39. What is this and should I be worried? Thx

I have a complex cyst that contains a daughter cyst, 4.7cm. My mom passed from ovarian cancer at 49, im 39. What is this and should I be worried? Thx

Go to see gyn: See your gynecologist / a gyne oncologist for further eval on the complex cyst. Especially with a family history positive for ovarian cancer at relatively young age now you have a complex cyst- an agressive approach has to be done . If the cyst has enlarged and looks concerning- a biopsy/ surgical resection need to be done by an experienced gyne/gyne-onc. Do you know if your mother had brca 1/2 ? ...Read more

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Made an appointment for prolonged period, what if it ends before the appointment should i still keep it. Mom died of ovarian cancer.

Made an appointment for prolonged period, what if it ends before the appointment should i still keep it. Mom died of ovarian cancer.

Get PAP and HPV: You may do a home pregnancy test. If you do it correctly and it is negative at 7-10 days after the missed period, you would unlikely to be pregnant and may not need to see your doctor as an urgent manner. However, it would be a good idea to see the doctor, establish a baseline observation about your health, get a PAP smear and get HPV vaccination. ...Read more

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Mom got ovarian cancer at 37. None of her other family got it or any other cancer. Should I consider genetic testing? How do I lower my risk?

Mom got ovarian cancer at 37. None of her other family got it or any other cancer. Should I consider genetic testing? How do I lower my risk?

No: While genetic testing has value in certain malignancies pointing out who is succeptible and requires careful evaluation such as in breast cancer and congenital polyposis as well as the Lynch Syndrome, ovarian adenoma ca has no major impact from congenital abnormalities. A periodic pelvic sonogram or digital pelvic exam yearly or bi yearly may be helpful ...Read more

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Mom has stg 4 ovarian cancer with recurrence. Is now on avastin (bevacizumab). She feels good, ascetis has gone down, however ca125 has gone from 211 to 3000. Why?

Mom has stg 4 ovarian cancer with recurrence. Is now on avastin (bevacizumab). She feels good, ascetis has gone down, however ca125 has gone from 211 to 3000. Why?

Good question: Why? It is definitely something her oncologist should be concerned about and should try to answer the question. Your mom should get some evaluation done-i.e. Some imaging studies- like ct and or pet scan to answer the question and to see whether Avastin (bevacizumab) alone perhaps is not enough. ...Read more

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Hello, i am writing regarding my mom she has been on her period almost 11 she is 42 years old can it be pre-menopause or ovarian cancer?

Hello, i am writing regarding my mom she has been on her period almost 11 she is 42 years old can it be pre-menopause or ovarian cancer?

Vaginal bleeding: Vaginal bleeding may be many things. It occurs in pre-menopause, because the periods get irregular around that time. It could also be other things in the uterus, endometrial hyperplasia or polyps or endometrial cancer. Ovarian cancer usually does not present this way. If she has not been seen by a GYN recently and this bleeding is new, she should make an appt to be sure. ...Read more

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My mom, ovarian cancer, stage iiib, had the second surgery, the abdomen is hard and heavy seems, she felt uncomfortable, what is symptomatic?

My mom, ovarian cancer, stage iiib, had the second surgery, the abdomen is hard and heavy seems, she felt uncomfortable, what is symptomatic?

Not sure I...: ...Understand your question. If you are asking for the meaning of "symptomatic", then dr. Legha answered your question. If not, you may want to restate it. Either way make sure your mother's oncologist is aware of any new developments. Best to you both. ...Read more

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My mom is having half of her colon removed in the morning and her dr. Would also like to prevent ovarian cancer by removing her ovaries. Is that good?

Probably unnecessary: Unless there is a genetic syndrome, there would be no role for this. Maybe it would be appropriate to do a ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis first. However, i would not recommend the ovaries to be removed. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My mom has Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, now taking saraquil for anxiety and walking floors, not helping! how can we give her comfort?

My mom has Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, now taking saraquil  for anxiety and walking floors, not helping! how can we give her comfort?

Hospice care: There are many meds useful for anxiety associated with your mom's diagnoses. A call to a hospice program can link you with a provider that is specialized in managing complex end of life issues focusing on comfort and quality of life. ...Read more

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My aunt (dad's sis) and grt-grandma (pat grandma's mom) both died of ovarian cancer. How likely is it hereditary? Would genetic testing be good idea?

Possibly: Two family members with ovarian cancer is not that common. There are a few inherited conditions that increase ovarian cancer risk. I would suggest that you gather all family info you can get hold of (all family with or without cancer) and visit with your gyn or family doc. They will decide of you need to be seen by a specialist in hereditary cancer. ...Read more

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My mom has stage 4 ovarian cancer and I have moderate cancer cells on my cervix. Should I opt for hystorectomy? My tubes have been clamped 4 3.5 yrs

My mom has stage 4 ovarian cancer and I have moderate cancer cells on my cervix. Should I opt for hystorectomy? My tubes have been clamped 4 3.5 yrs

Not necessarily: I'm so sorry about your mom. Ovarian cancer is different from cervical cancer. You probably don't need a hysterectomy for your cervix, but please let your doctor know about your mom. Your doctor can explain your abnormal cells and your risk for ovarian cancer. Ask him or her about genetic testing for ovarian cancer. You might choose a hysterectomy for peace of mind in the end--your choice! ...Read more

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Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?

Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?

Hospice have : Differing rules and regulations regarding acceptance of patients. It's difficult for u to plead your case against a big institution. Other options for u is to apply for fmla for urself to help with your mom's care or privately hire an LPN or cna for this purpose. God bless u and ur mom! ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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A typically silend cancer which ...Read more