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Im 18 & been having brown discharge after diarrhea for 4 days. Also have been gassy. Could this be IBS or signs of ovarian cancer?

Im 18 & been having brown discharge after diarrhea for 4 days.  Also have been gassy. Could this be IBS or signs of ovarian cancer?

Not likely: Certainly not compatible with ovarian ca. Possibly ibs but would need to review symptoms much more comprehensively. Ibs has to start somewhere, but 4 days of diarrhea by itself is inadequate for diagnosis. Much more likely to be normal variation, something you are eating, or mild intestinal infection. Brown d/c is a little more concerning. If it persists after diarrhea is gone get it checked. ...Read more

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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Are there IV drugs for ovarian cancer patients with low WBC count and severe diarrhea? (oral fluids/food not allowed)

Are there IV drugs for ovarian cancer patients with low WBC count and severe diarrhea? (oral fluids/food not allowed)

Ovarian cancer: It sounds as if she needs IV fluids first. Then it needs to be known by she has diarrhea. Is it because of an infection (c. Diff) or a side effect o treatment (chemo causing diarrhea). Hydration is key to make sure she doesn't get sicker. The antibiotics and the anti-diarrheals are best when given orally. If she is having a lot of diarrhea, she should see her doctor or go to the er. ...Read more

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Worsening very painful cocyx and hips, with diarrhea and increased gas, bloating. Does this sound like ovarian cancer? It runs rampant in my family.

Worsening very painful cocyx and hips, with diarrhea and increased gas, bloating. Does this sound like ovarian cancer? It runs rampant in my family.

I dont know: Given that you have a strong family history, I would discuss this with a gynecologist and get an exam. They may also choose to do ultrasound exams or ct scans depending on their clinical judgement. ...Read more

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Can severe pain in my lower right abdomen with cramping &bloody diarrhea be ovarian cancer? Had all gastro tests, all negative.

Can severe pain in my lower right abdomen with cramping &bloody diarrhea be ovarian cancer? Had all gastro tests, all negative.

Abdominal Pain: I still bet on a digestive disorder, such as diverticulitis, an infectious agent, causing a type of dysentery, or a type of inflammatory bowel disease. Ovarian cancer would be very unlikely to present that way, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to have your gynecologist perform a thorough abdomino-pelvic exam. Sometimes amebic dysentery, salmonella, or a shigella are hard to pick up. ...Read more

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Is chronic upper left quadrant pain a sign of ovarian cancer?

Not usually: Any chronic pain can be associated with ovarian cancer, but what you describe can be associated with many other non-cancerous issues. Best to check with your pcp or obgyn for a thorough checkup. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm having chronic diarrhea. What are the chances that this is colon cancer at age 30 years old?

I'm having chronic diarrhea. What are the chances that this is colon cancer at age 30 years old?

Low: The chances are low. Yet this does not mean that you should not discuss with your primary care physician or GI specialist in further detail. There are certain clues in a history we use to determine a risk profile. This can only be ascertained in a face to face discussion. This forum is subpar for this type of discussion. ...Read more

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I have a chronic diarrhea for years, i cannot eat anything. Does saccharomyces boulardii can help? I am afraid of leading to cancer. Help?

I have a chronic diarrhea for years, i cannot eat anything. Does saccharomyces boulardii can help? I am afraid of leading to cancer. Help?

Chronic diarrhea : Hi, the probiotic can help but make sure that other causes of chronic diarrhea have been ruled out, particularly intestinal infections ; infestations, small bowel inflammatory diseases like crohn's. Immuno-deficiency of various types can present with chronic diarrhea too. If there is wt loss, blood in the stool, abdominal pain, pain while defection, fever, loss of energy see a GI physician. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

It is a cancer which arises from the ovary. This cancer is typically silent, producing little or no symptoms till it spreads, first into the pelvic area and later into the peritoneal cavity leading to fluid accumulation(ascites) which is often the first symptom. Despite its late presentation, there is a reasonable treatment for it, with some long term survivors even ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more