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How long can ovarian cancer go undetected?

How long can ovarian cancer go undetected?

Many years: Ovarian cancer can go undetected for many years. Many people don't have any symptoms or only vague symptoms such as bloating or mild abdominal discomfort. When patients have more significant symptoms, the cancer is usually found at an advanced stage. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms? Could it go undetected for years?

Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms? Could it go undetected for years?

No, it is unlikely: Inflammatory breast Cancer does not have a long history of symptoms. it appears rather suddenly and becomes obvious within one or two months time. if you have any lump in your breast, then you should get a medical examination by a health care professional. ...Read more

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Does surgery cause ovarian cancer to spread?

Does surgery cause ovarian cancer to spread?

No: I am not sure what surgery you are talking about, but in and of itself surgery will not cause ovarian cancer to spread. ...Read more

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When should ovarian cancer be detected?

When should ovarian cancer be detected?

As early as possible: Unfortunately, ovarian cancer is often missed during its early stages, as it either causes no symptoms at all, or only very general symptoms, until it becomes quite advanced. Like all cancers, though, ovarian cancer has a much higher cure rate when detected at an early stage, . ...Read more

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How early can ovarian cancer be detected?

How early can ovarian cancer be detected?

Depends.: It is notoriously hard to detect early. Pelvic ultrasound and family history along with serum ca-125 are some approaches to early detection that have not been particularly effective. Current research is aiming at identifying a serum proteomic signature of early ovarian cancer that can be clinically useful. ...Read more

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How long can ovarian cancer be left untreated?

???: Why? Even patients with advanced cancer can be treated successfully for control of symptoms and sometimes do well for over a year. Progressive ovarian cancer can be quite unpleasant so i'm not sure why it would be left untreated. Of course, if the patient has already received multiple chemos, it would be a different situation. To answer your ?, it depends but probably not for long. ...Read more

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How early could ovarian cancer be detected?

How early could ovarian cancer be detected?

Hard to say: No good screening for ovarian cancer.Studies were done to see if transvaginal sono can detect early case of ovarian cancer in asymptomatic people- only showing that all of the cancer that were detected by the sono-are stage 3 or above. It requires high awareness from the patient, low threshold of suspicion of md, multiple modalities to detect earlier case of cancer( stage 1 or 2)-which can happen. ...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 tell when your ovarian cyst might turn into ovarian cancer?

Is it possible to tell when your ovarian cyst might turn into ovarian cancer?

Physical exam/images: Most ovarian cysts will not ever turn malignant. If you are at high risk or very concerned then you need to be followed regularly by your gyn with physical exams and ultrasounds and if ever clarification is needed a ct scan can be ordered. ...Read more

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If ovarian cancer spreads to the kidney does it spread via blood?

Yes that would be th: Spread into kidney is uncommon. It may occur by surface implantation when there is intra-abdominal tumor all round the kidneys or it could spread via blood although that is a less common route of spread for ovarian cancer compared to most other cancers. ...Read more

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Is it possible that stage 4 breast cancer go undetected on a mammogram?

Is it possible that stage 4 breast cancer go undetected on a mammogram?

Yes: Mammography is about 80% sensitive for detecting cancer, so it won't find 20% of them. No test is 100% accurate. So, unfortunately the answer to your question is yes. ...Read more

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If ovarian cancer metastasized to the peritoneum, would it cause noticeable symptoms?

If ovarian cancer metastasized to the peritoneum, would it cause noticeable symptoms?

Ovarian cancer: Yes it can, but in early cases symptoms such as bloating or pain may be also absent. Body imaging such as ultrasound or CT scans may help detect it. Elevated tumor markers (Ca 125 usually) can heighten one's suspicions. ...Read more

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Is it uncommon to have prostate cancer go undetected for several years?

Is it uncommon to have prostate cancer go undetected for several years?

No: It is not unusual for prostate cancer to go undetected for years, especially if the patient is not undergoing a yearly routine physical examination. This is because it is usually a slow growing tumor. At the early stages of prostate cancer, there are generally no to mild urinary symptoms. At more advanced stages of prostate cancer, one will experience more urinary issues and body pain. ...Read more

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How does cancer go undetected by a doctor?

How does cancer go undetected by a doctor?

Lesion asymptomatic: Many lesions are asymptomatic until they produce effects that can be recognized and that is frequently late in the clinical course of disease. Ca of head of pancreas is a intraductal lesion that is not apparent for about 15 years until it invade parenchyma and common duct to produce painless jaundice. Many breast cancers remain small and non palpable until metastasis evident. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy show i have ovarian cancer immediately.

Can a colonoscopy show i have ovarian cancer immediately.

Colonoscopy does: not examine the female ovarian system. It examines the colon (large intestine) and part of the small intestine called the cecum. An endovaginal ultrasound or salpingoscopy would be the exam you want for ovarian cancer. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhegic ovarian cyst stays for years? And doesn't go away

Can hemorrhegic ovarian cyst stays for years? And doesn't go away

Not really: at some point it should re absorb. See your doctor for a more thorough and personalized answer ...Read more

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For Mucinous Ovarian Tumors (stage 1a/grade1), doctor said recurrence was relatively low if any. Also, if recurrence happens, can it come back worse?

For Mucinous Ovarian Tumors (stage 1a/grade1), doctor said recurrence was relatively low if any. Also, if recurrence happens, can it come back worse?

Recurrence of ov ca: Recurrence of any cancer indicates that the intervention made to cure the cancer has failed. Mucinous ovarian tumors are low grade and have very low recurrence rates. I would continue to see your gynecologist yearly and have her screen you for ovarian cancer recurrence with a Ca-125 tumor marker test. ...Read more

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Symptom of ovarian cancer is enlarged ovary is that do to masses or can cancer just xause ovary to enlarge?

Symptom of ovarian cancer is enlarged ovary is that do to masses or can cancer just xause ovary to enlarge?

Ovarian mass: Oarian cancer is a solid cancer which means- some sort of mass/es would be there in ovary that is going to cause the increase size of the ovary. Ovary can also enlarge due to other benign condition such as simple cyst/physiologic cysts, polycystic disease etc. Especially at child bearing age, cysts would come and go, and majority of those cysts would be benign. So, close f/u of cyst is needed. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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