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How do ovarian cancer and ovarian cyst differ?

How do ovarian cancer and ovarian cyst differ?

Malignant/Benign: Ovarian cancer is a serious malignant tumor and can be fatal on the other hand the ovarian cysts are benign tumors which may or may not need ant treatment. ...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


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What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer vs. Those for ovarian cysts?

What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer vs. Those for ovarian cysts?

Worsenin vs sporadic: Symptoms of ovarian cysts which burst tend to be sporadic/cyclical.There may be intense sharp right or left lower abdominal/pelvic pain, occurring around 14 days after the first day of one's cycle.Other types of ovar. Cysts which grow and do not burst may behave similarly to ovarian ca (bloating, pain w/ sex, frequent urination, lower abd pressure).Tests may be done by doc to distinguish btwn the 2. ...Read more

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I may have an abnormal he 4 blood test. Do I have ovarian cancer. I have an ovarian cyst 3.4 CM which is being monitored with transvaginal ultrasounds?

I may have an abnormal he 4 blood test. Do I have ovarian cancer. I have an ovarian cyst 3.4 CM which is being monitored with transvaginal ultrasounds?

An abnormal HE-4: Is not good but what is the ca-125 or did they do an ova-1? And if you are not , you should be referred to a gyn oncologist for evaluation and is not hard to remove that ovary through the davinci or laparoscope if necessary, as at your age the ovary is worthless and hopefully it will be benign. ...Read more

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Do ovarian cysts always lead to ovarian cancer?

Do ovarian cysts always lead to ovarian cancer?

Most cysts benign: The majority of ovarian cysts, often related to the follicle, where the egg is stored, are benign. Ovarian cysts are very rarely malignant. However, any discovered ovarian cyst should be closely evaluated. ...Read more

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How to really know the difference between ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer? Search engines are freaking me out on the subject.

Ca125: Ca125 is a blood test frequently elevated in ovarian cancer, not elevated in cyst. An ultrasound will also show characterists of benign vs cancer but if persisting may need to be removed. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in symptoms associated with ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer?

Difficult : Difficult to discern just by symptoms, needs an evaluation by a physician to work up in detail. ...Read more

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Does an ovarian cyst larger than 6 CM have to be removed if you have a history of ovarian cancer in your family? The cyst has enlarged over 3 months.

Does an ovarian cyst larger than 6 CM have to be removed if you have a history of ovarian cancer in your family? The cyst has enlarged over 3 months.

Ovarian cyst: Ovarian cancer can present as cystic lesion .It is sometimes not easy to differentiate benign cyst to malignant cyst. Thus, if the cyst is big and growing-a surgical resection should be seriously considered. Talk to your gynecology oncologist and discuss more in regard to surgery etc. The risk for you is even more significant with the positive family history of ovarian cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

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How are an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer different?

Benign&Malignant: Ovarian cysts are benign fluid filled sacs in the ovaries.Some custs can become cancerous ovarian cancer is a malignant tumor of ovaries and is a serious condition often with poor prognosis requiring surgery, chemotherapy and sometime radiation therapy. ...Read more

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How to determine when your ovarian cyst is going to ovarian cancer?

Ovarian Cyst/cancer: Ovarian cysts can develop into ovarian cancer over a very long time but not all ovarian cysts will become cancers. Simple cysts are rarely cancers regardless of the size. However, it there are abnormal areas within the cyst or it stays around for a long period of time, it needs to be evaluated. Serial ultrasounds are a good may to monitor the size and appearance and other markers are helpful too. ...Read more

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How do you know when your ovarian cyst is becoming to ovarian cancer?

Talk to your doc: Most cysts are completely benign and do not turn to cancer. In fact, cysts form normally during a woman's cycle. There are certain characteristics of ovarian cysts that can be seen on ultrasound or other studies that suggest they are benign and are not cancerous. Talk to your doctor to learn more about the specifics of your condition. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more