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Can you tell me what occurs (at a cellular level) with ovarian cancer?

Can you tell me what occurs (at a cellular level) with ovarian cancer?

Growing cells.: Cancer starts when a cell gets damaged and keeps growing. Normal cells grow and divide at different times in life, but then stop. Cancer cells never stop. They don't have an "off"switch. Ovarian cancer is simply an ovarian cell that started dividing and kept going. Over time, the cancer cells gain the ability to invade and move to different places. I hope that helps! ...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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What happens (at a cellular level) with ovarian cancer? Is there a cure?

What happens (at a cellular level) with ovarian cancer? Is there a cure?

Here you go: http://www.expertconsultbook.com/expertconsult/ob/book.do?method=display&type=bookPage&decorator=none&eid=4-u1.0-B978-1-4160-3703-3..10034-2&isbn=978-1-4160-3703-3 This will get you started. Best chance for a cure is early detection and surgery while it's localized. ...Read more

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Hcg levels in ovarian cancer?

Hcg levels in ovarian cancer?

Usually none: Only a primary ovarian choriocarcinoma, or some dysgerminomas, will produce hcg. ...Read more

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Could high prolactin levels be a cause of ovarian cancer?

Could high prolactin levels be a cause of ovarian cancer?

No: This is worrisome though, especially if it's well above the reference range and there's no clear explanation. (Mild elevations mean little and the range is set so that several percent of healthies fall above.) Get with your physician about this. ...Read more

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Does an elevated ca 125 level always indicate that ovarian cancer is present?

Does an elevated ca 125 level always indicate that ovarian cancer is present?

No: Ca-125 may also be elevated in other cancers (i.e. Endometrial, fallopian tube, lung, breast and gastrointestinal cancers.) it can also be elevated with endometriosis or any inflammatory condition in the abdominal area. ...Read more

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I have heard that low FSH levels can be associated with a higher risk of ovarian cancer. Why is this?

I have heard that low FSH levels can be associated with a higher risk of ovarian cancer. Why is this?

Yes: You are right. Study by m a mcsorley et al int j of cancer 2009 aug 1 12593) 674-679 contradicts the popular belief that higher fsh levels will cause cancer.In this study risk is decreased with higher levels of fsh and lower levels are associated with ovarian cancers and it is a puzzle to me also , hope one of our expert oncologist will unravel. ...Read more

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How I decrease my high prolactin level to get pregnant .Can high prolactin level cause ovarian cancer I read on net.I am afraid of please advice?

How I decrease my high prolactin level to get pregnant .Can high prolactin level cause ovarian cancer  I read on net.I am afraid of please advice?

Prolactin production: Is a peptide made in he pituitary. Levels can be measured to see if yours is abnormally high. It can be raised by nipple stimulation or dysregulated growth that can be found on imaging. While there is medical treatment, you need an endocrinologist to help guide the path. ...Read more

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My wife has very high estrogen level she did have ovarian cancer which was removed she had blood tests the other day and her estrogen level were 2000?

My wife has very high estrogen level she did have ovarian cancer which was removed she had blood tests the other day and her estrogen level were 2000?

Talk with your doc: As a gynecologic oncologist, i don't usually follow estrogen as a marker for ovarian cancer. There are a few rare exceptions (granulosa cell tumors). Estrogen is also made in fat cells. You and your wife should have a conversation with her doctor about why they are sending estrogen levels at all. Aromatase inhibitors are a group of drugs that prevent estrogen production and can be used to treat. ...Read more

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My dr told me that ovarian cancer is chronic and will probably keep coming back. Mine was stage 3c, and was surgically removed except for the lymph nodes. Cancer is now back in one lymph node after just five months post chemo. Is this true?

I'm sorry, yes: What your doctor told you is true. The fact that your ovarian cancer came back five months after chemo means you will need more treatment with different chemotherapy. And it also means your ovarian cancer will probably keep coming back. Don't lose hope. There are many new drugs being developed every day. Ask your doctor about clinical trials. Try http://www.Ovarian.Org. Good health to you! ...Read more

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My ca125 levels are slightly elevated and there is a solid mass on my ovary, should I be concerened that it is ovarian cancer?

My ca125 levels are slightly elevated and there is a solid mass on my ovary, should I be concerened that it is ovarian cancer?

Depends: Ask your gyn. A solid mass is concerning, but your age, menopausal status, and the ultrasound characteristics are important as well. Elevated ca-125 suggests ovarian cancer, but may be somewhat elevated in many benign conditions, as well, including endometriosis. All of this needs a discussion with your gyn and a possible referral to a gyn oncologist - who are the real experts in this area. ...Read more

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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