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What is stage 3 ovarian cancer, how do you stage ovarian cancer?

What is stage 3 ovarian cancer, how do you stage ovarian cancer?

Stages I - IV.: Stage i ovarian cancer means the cancer is only located in the ovaries. Stage ii is when the cancer has spread to other organs in the pelvis, such as the uterus. Stage iii occurs when the cancer spreads beyond the pelvis to other abdominal organs and lymph nodes. Stage iv, the most advanced stage, means the cancer has spread (metastasized) to distant organs like the lungs or liver. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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What's the difference in life expectancy between stage 2 and stage 3 ovarian cancer?

Yes, major differenc: Stage 2 ovarian cancer(spread limited to pelvic area only has a much better cure rate(>50%) than with stage-3 Ovarian cancer which means it has spread into the belly). Stage 3 is the most common stage of presentation; this means high mortality rate, yet 25% to 30% of such women can expect to be cured with the proper use of modern chemotherapy combined with debulking surgery. ...Read more

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Total hys. In 2005 because of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Now had 2 abnormal paps and scheduled for another in 2 weeks. Also 2 scopes showed nothing.

Total hys. In 2005 because of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Now had 2 abnormal paps and scheduled for another in 2 weeks. Also 2 scopes showed nothing.

Not possible: If you had a total hysterectomy your cervix has been removed and a "pap" is not sampling cervical tissue. Could be regional recurrence. You need full evaluation including imaging of abdomen and pelvis. ...Read more

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Why is stage 3 ovarian cancer often considered incurable (though treated with intent to cure)? In this case, with secondary tumour in bowel

Why is stage 3 ovarian cancer often considered incurable (though treated with intent to cure)? 
In this case, with secondary tumour in bowel

Cure still possible: Stage 3 ovarian cancer has a high risk of mortality but cure is still a possibility in about 30% of the patients treated be a competent onciologist. Did she have surgical removal of her tumors in the belly and those in the intestine? Surgical debulking is an important component of treatment and is complementary to chemotherapy killing off small tumors. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy with untreated stage 3 -b ovarian cancer?

What is the life expectancy with untreated stage 3 -b ovarian cancer?

It depends: In my 50 years off active practice i predicted patient with stage 3 ovarian cancer life expectancy of 6 monts, she survived 15 years. I predicted in stage 1 ovarian cancerpatientexcellent prognosis, she did not make 1 year. Nevertheless stage 3b is a serious prognosis. ...Read more

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How long does ovarian cancer take to develop into stage 3/4?

How long does ovarian cancer take to develop into stage 3/4?

Hard to know: Most ovarian cancers are already stage 3 or 4 when they are diagnosed so we really don't know how long it took them to get there. In retrospect, many women have had symptoms for many months before their diagnosis. There may also be an asymptomatic stage that could last for months or even years before the symptoms begin. ...Read more

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Hai Doctor Is ovarian cancer curable at 3rd stage ?

Varies: According to the American Cancer Society, 5 year survival rate for ovarian cancer varies depending on the type of cancer. The rates can very from 39% to 87%. So, the best person to answer this question would be the treating oncologist. ...Read more

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What herbs kill ovarian cancer stage 3 c. Had hystetectomy and 6 rounds of chemo and there are still very small nodules?

No Standard: There are no standard guidelines nor adequate research to answer your question. However, dr. Keith block is a well known figure in the arena of integrative medicine in cancer care where you may find some answers. http://www.blockmd.com. ...Read more

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Is hCG diet safe for me?I'm a case if ovarian cancer stage 3, had total hysterectomy and chemo in 2007.I've read that it can trigger another cancer.

Is hCG diet safe for me?I'm a case if ovarian cancer stage 3, had total hysterectomy and chemo in 2007.I've read that it can trigger another cancer.

Don't worry: This is an extreme calorie restricted diet -- which is the only reason it works -- and you also spend a chuck of money for a placebo "hcg". I am glad you seems to have had a favorable outcome with your tumor and hope you will improve the quality of your survival by taking an interest in real physical fitness, not fad diets. You deserve the best -- give yourself this gift. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use the hCG diet?I am a case of ovarian cancer stage 3, had total hysterectomy and 6 cycles chemo last 2007.I'm 5 feet tall, 67 kilos.

Yes: I will probably take heat for this but I am one of those doctors that believes in the HCG diet. I've not seen any patient have trouble or deleterious health effects from this weight loss. If followed, weight loss does occur. Most gain their weight back afterwards because they don't follow a maintenance plan for the 3 weeks after finishing hcg. If you do, the weight stays off. ...Read more

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Is having to urinate a minimum of every three hours considered frequent urination ? I don't recal what has been normal for me. Ovarian cancer ???

Is having to urinate a minimum of every three hours considered frequent urination ?  I don't recal what has been normal for me.  Ovarian cancer ???

Yes it may be: Frequent urination means having to run to the bathroom even when your bladder is not full of urine. It is usually a combination of frequent urination(for small quantities) and urge to rush to the bath room which implies bladder infection. This can be verified with a urine test(called Urinalysis/UA). Ovarian cancer is less likely unless you have swelling of your abdomen? ...Read more

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I am worried I have ovarian cancer. I have had some pelvic pain for three months. I've had ultrasound , ca125 and MRI scan. All show nothing. ?

I am worried I have ovarian cancer.  I have had some pelvic pain for three months.  I've had ultrasound , ca125 and MRI scan.  All show nothing. 


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Ovarian cancer: Although there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, you have had tests that would help show it if it is present. There are many more common causes of pain (endometriosis, adhesions, interstitial cystitis ...) which are much more likely. ...Read more

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After a vagina and a top pelvis ultrasound and a CT scan doctor says the sourse of my pelvic pain is a left ovary cyst. Said that it should clear up on its on. With all three test would that been able to tell if this was ovarian cancer. I am 41 years ol

Most likely Cyst: Cancer much less likely. As you know nothing in life is 100%. The most likely diagnosis based on what is described is cyst. Depending on simple vs. Complex cyst it needs to be followed for a couple of your cycles till resolves. Cancer is much less likely. ...Read more

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It's more than 12 weeks post-surgery for stage 3 ovarian cancer. Is it too late to benefit from chemotherapy?

Unknown: Most oncologists prefer to treat patients with a malignancy like ovarian cancer within 12 weeks from their diagnosis. At 12 weeks post surgery you are right on the edge. However, i think most oncologists would want to treat you because of the nature of ovarian cancer. You should have restaging studies with a ct scan as well. Definitely ask your oncologist, as there are many variable here. ...Read more

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Concerned had ultrasound a year ago - womb clear diagnosed wiv POCS hv all symptoms of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Hw long does it take 2 become stage 3?

Concerned  had ultrasound a year ago  - womb clear diagnosed wiv POCS hv all symptoms of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Hw long does it take 2 become stage 3?

Whoa: The symptoms of common stage 3 ovarian cancer are nonspecific. Poly cystic ovary syndrome is not cancer. Your fears alone justify repeat imaging. A check for pelvic venous congestion and functional bowel syndrome might be a next step. ...Read more

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I think I have ovarian cancer but I'm 17 & a hypochondriac, & I don't want waste our $ on me being wrong. It's just, its been a year&ive seen 3 drs?

How can we help?: I would discuss with one of the doctors that you have seen why you feel you have ovarian cancer and why you feel you are a hypochondriac. Then together you and your doctor can decide the next course of action. Ovarian cancer in a 17 year old would be fairly rare. ...Read more

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I only have periods every 3 to 4 Months. I have had a few miscarriages andi want to know if its possible that i have ovarian cancer.

I only have periods every 3 to 4 Months. I have had a few miscarriages andi want to know if its possible that i have ovarian cancer.

Not likely: Unless you have a family history of ovarian cancer or BRACA positivity, not likely. I am concerned about the reason for your miscarriages. Have you been evaluated for a blood clotting disorder? You should be seen by a complicated OB specialist and be evaluated for your miscarriages and your decreased frequency of periods. Are you in otherwise good health? Best wishes! ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

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