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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
501 Doctors shared insights

Ovarian Cancer (Overview)

A typically silend cancer which arises from the ovary.


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How fast does ovarian cancer spread?

How fast does ovarian cancer spread?

It's variable.: Some ovarian cancers spread very slowly - over years, even. The most common form of ovarian cancer likely spreads more quickly than that (weeks to months), but every patient with ovarian cancer is different. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
501 Doctors shared insights

Ovarian Cancer (Overview)

A typically silend cancer which arises from the ovary.


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Is a shallow cough a symptom of ovarian cancer?

Very unlikely: A shallow cough has many more likely causes than ovarian cancer. The most common symptom of ovarian cancer is increased abdominal fullness, and unfortunately it is a late sign. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Checklist)

Eliminate low-fat, high-carb foods from your diet
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Monitor your weight and review your diet daily
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Blend exercises that make sense into your daily routine
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What are the symptoms ovarian cancer?

What are the symptoms ovarian cancer?

None until late: The most common symptoms associated with ovarian cancer include feeling full after a few bites of food, abdominal pain and bloating and changes in urinary or bowel function. ...Read more

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What are the main signs of ovarian cancer?

What are the main signs of ovarian cancer?

Minimal: Early on, few if any signs.

As the cancer progresses, one may feel abd / pelvic pain, bloating, constipation, urinary frequency or pain, early satiety (feeling full too soon when eating), fatigue, menstrual pains, painful intercourse.

Hard to detect from signs alone. If several of these signs are present, see your doctor.. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
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See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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Can you trust the diagnosis of ovarian cancer that is detected through a CT scan and ultrsound?

Can you trust the diagnosis of ovarian cancer that is detected through a CT scan and ultrsound?

Not very reliable: Ultrasound, ct, tumor marker evaluation, history, and physical exam have not been shown to be effective in adequately screening for this disease (even when used all together). This is a disease we don't really have a handle on right now. This doesn't mean patients who have pelvic pain or risk factors shouldn't be evaluated, but the tools available have not been shown to increase life expectancy. ...Read more

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How come I have symtoms of multiple diagnostics? Ex. Ovarian cancer, diabetes, mouth cancer, etc? They are worrying me.

How come I have symtoms of multiple diagnostics? Ex. Ovarian cancer, diabetes, mouth cancer, etc? They are worrying me.

Hmmm: Dear, I think you are a bit hypochondriac. At your age, ovarian cancer or mouth cancer would be remarkably unlikely. Of course, you could be diabetic but so are millions of people who live normal lives. See a doc to get a good exam and alleviate your concerns. You may need counseling as well, nothing wrong with that. You are young and have a whole life ahead of you. Enjoy it! ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Is there a test for ovarian cancer that is covered by insurance?

Is there a test for ovarian cancer that is covered by insurance?

Covered by most: Examination by gynecologist and sonogram is covered by most of the insurances, . ...Read more

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What are the tests for ovarian cancer?

History: Including family history, physical exam with pelvic looks at ervix, and bimanual exam, & rectal exam to probe for masses, shelf, and overt and secret blood. Then begins imaging: u/s, ct. If a mass is confirmed, it needs biopsy. Only after DX is made is a ca-125 potentially helpful, not as a screen. ...Read more

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During sex I bleed I have an ovarian cyst what cause that. And how do you know you have ovarian cancer?

During sex I bleed I have an ovarian cyst what cause that. And how do you know you have ovarian cancer?

See doctor: It is not feasible to know why you bleed during sex, without examining you. You should see a gynecologist to address the issues you raised as this forum may not be appropriate for your concerns. ...Read more

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Are there medications that can cause ovarian cancer? Can certain kinds of medications actually cause ovarian cancer in some people? .

Are there medications that can cause ovarian cancer? Can certain kinds of medications actually cause ovarian cancer in some people? .

None known: Since our knowledge of the etiology of ovarian cancer is incomplete I will never say never, but there are no drugs on the market that we know will cause ovarian cancer (would not be a good drug). ...Read more

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Since my estrogen is low and I just started having cramping right in the middle above my pelvis does that mean ovarian cancer?

Since my estrogen is low and I just started having cramping right in the middle above my pelvis does that mean ovarian cancer?

Unlikely,: Your age and presentation suggest many other likely diagnosis. Incidentally, how did you know that your estrogen is low? Cramps in 39 y female could are likely to be due to menstrual cycles. When does cramping occur? Cyst, infection, review of other systems... Cancer is low on the list. The differential is wide open. Relax and go to general practioner who would be very helpful in your case. ...Read more

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How can I treat ovarian cancer?

How can I treat ovarian cancer?

Depends: It will depend on the stage. Curative surgery in early stage of disease plus minus chemotherapy. Debulking surgery is needed and is done by a gynecology-oncologist if the tumor burden is high - then followed by chemotherapy. The treatment will depend on the stage. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer typically treated?

How is ovarian cancer typically treated?

Surg+/-Chemo: Ovarian cancer is first treated with surgery and then depending on the findings from surgery chemotherapy may or may not be recommended. ...Read more

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Does the diet affect the risk of ovarian cancer?

Does the diet affect the risk of ovarian cancer?

Nothing really: No diet is associated with ovarian cancer. However, it is always good to have a healthy-well balanced diet. Cut down carbohydrates, red meat intake- especially processed red meat. Avoid alcohol and tobacco/cigarette. Increase more vegetable, fruits, fibres and exercise regularly. ...Read more

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After treatment for ovarian cancer, how often do I need to be checked?

Frequently at first: Often, there is very close follow up after ovarian cancer treatment - every 3-4 months generally. Once the cancer is in remission for over a year or so, this may extend to every 6 months. The exact follow-up schedule will depend on the type of ovarian cancer, stage of the cancer, and type of treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any new ovarian cancer treatments in the past 5 years?

Are there any new ovarian cancer treatments in the past 5 years?

Yes: Advances in our surgical, chemo therapeutic, radiation techniques and modalities has helped improve outcome in dealing with many cancers including ovarian in the past few years. Clinical trials has been key. The sequencing of the treatments, new devices and techniques, targeted drugs and therapies is to name a few. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer ever be cured?

Can ovarian cancer ever be cured?

Yes: Ovarian cancer can be cured especially when it is discovered early. One of the challenges with ovarian cancer is that it is often discovered when it is more advanced because there are no effective screening tools and the disease can often be asymptomatic until it is more advanced. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get rid of pain from ovarian cancer?

Is it possible to get rid of pain from ovarian cancer?

Yes, it is possible: Chemotherapy will be able to palliate your pain, as ovarian cancer, usually is very sensitive /responsive to chemotherapy. A good pain medication will be useful as well. See your oncologist / gyne-onc and discuss further re-treatment options for the ovarian cancer and related pain. Good luck. ...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)

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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I was on the pill for over 10 years, is that helpful to prevent ovarian cancer? I was on birth control pills for over 10 years of my life, probably 21 years old to about 31, 32 years old. I just heard that the pill can prevent ovarian cancer up to 50% whi

I was on the pill for over 10 years, is that helpful to prevent ovarian cancer? I was on birth control pills for over 10 years of my life, probably 21 years old to about 31, 32 years old. I just heard that the pill can prevent ovarian cancer up to 50% whi

I: I can understand your concern, but please do not restart the pills without talking with your gynecologist. After a certain age, birth control pills can be risky, including for women with any cardiovascular risk factors (for stroke, heart attack, etc), and especially in women who are smokers or if they happen to be overweight. Please see your doctor and have an examination and discuss your risk factors for oral contraceptives. ...Read more

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How accurate is the genetic testing for ovarian cancer?

How accurate is the genetic testing for ovarian cancer?

Very if BRCA mutated: The genes brca1 and brca2 cause breast-ovarian cancer, suspected when women have onset of breast cancer before menopause or when there are several cases of breast/ovarian cancer in a family. Women with a brca mutation have as much as a 50% lifetime risk for ovarian cancer (85% for breast) and often choose prophylactic oophorectomy after positive brca testing since there is no good clinical screen. ...Read more

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How can you prevent ovarian cancer?

You can't completely: Risk factors for ovarian cancer include never having children, genetics (family history), and estrogen therapy. Though ovarian cancer cannot be completely prevented, you can decrease your risk by having children and avoiding estrogen therapy. If you know you have the brca mutation, which causes both breast and ovarian cancer, you can have your ovaries surgically removed to prevent ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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What is ovarian cancer?

What is ovarian cancer?

Cancer in ovary: Malignancy (cancer) that arises from the epithelium, stroma, or germ cells of the ovary. There can also be metastatic disease to the ovaries from cancer elsewhere. ...Read more

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Ovarian cancer symtoms?

None specific, early: Unfortunately there are no specific symptoms in early disease, other than vague symptoms like bloating, abdominal discomfort etc. See the following site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...Read more

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Do I have ovarian cancer?

Probably not: But you'll have to give us a few more clues to get our input, but better to see your doctor to discuss prospect and risk. Unless fm hx, brca-2 +, I would not worry at 24. ...Read more

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Fluid with ovarian cancer?

Depends: If you are asking if there is fluid seen with ovarian cancer, then yes some ovarian cancers can cause excess abdominal fluid called ascites. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
4,344 Doctors shared insights

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