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Stage 3c ovarian cancer in 2011 done several chemo drugs now in liver and have colostomy doc says if no more chemo qual of life 6 mo fair assessment?

Stage 3c ovarian cancer in 2011 done several chemo drugs now in liver and have colostomy doc says if no more chemo qual of life 6 mo fair assessment?

Doc may be right: I can not fully answer your question without knowing which chemotherapy drugs have been used(we have 5-6 good drugs for ovarian cancer). But once the cancer becomes resistant to all drugs then life is short...Usually a matter of months than years. But you can get a second opinion from another oncologist if you want to be absolutely certain. ...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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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

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Where does ovarian cancer spread to?

Where does ovarian cancer spread to?

Pelvis & abomen: Commonly when advaced spreads in the abdomen affecting the peritoneum producing increased intra pelvic and abdominal fluid. As most cancers may spread to liver, lung, brain, bone. Most ovarian cancer produce symptoms only in advanced stages with nonspecific sensations of increased belly or intraabdominally discomfort. Ca 125 is not a screening test because of so many false positives and negatives. ...Read more

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What tests can diagnose ovarian cancer?

What tests can diagnose ovarian cancer?

CA-125 , ultrasound: Routine screening is not recommended on people with average risk. Family history is a strong risk factor. In these patients ca-125 (it is a tumor marker checked in blood) also transvaginal ultrasound can help early diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer be felt during exam?

Can ovarian cancer be felt during exam?

In some cases: In some cases of ovarian cancer, a mass (or masses) can be felt in the pelvis with a manual vaginal examination. In advanced cases, a swollen abdomen from ascites can be seen on exam (but this is not specific for ovarian cancer). In most cases of ovarian cancer, the findings on exam are quite nonspecific. ...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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What is meant by end stage ovarian cancer?

Not curable: Typically when someone refers to end stage they are describing a case that is not curable. Most of the time these are patients who have developed disease that has spread to parts of the body outside of where the cancer originally developed (i.e. Metastasis). ...Read more

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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

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What are common symptoms of ovarian cancer?

What are common symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The four most common symptoms of early ovarian cancer are pain, bloating, feeling full when trying to eat (satiety), and urinary changes. ...Read more

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Who is best trained to treat ovarian cancer?

Who is best trained to treat ovarian cancer?

Two types: Usually having a gynecological oncologist and a medical oncologist is best in managing ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Can you tell me the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The four most common symptoms of early ovarian cancer are pain, bloating, feeling full when trying to eat (satiety), and urinary changes. ...Read more

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What can be initial symptoms of ovarian cancer?

What can be initial symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Non specific: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific. They often mimic other common conditions. These may include: abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating, pelvic discomfort or pain, persistent indigestion, gas or nausea, changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate, loss of appetite or quickly feeling full, and low back pain. ...Read more

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How likely is ovarian cancer for a 25 year old?

Not very likely: The actual answer to this depends on whether there is a family history of ovarian cancer. If a close family member of the 25 year old has had ovarian cancer then the family could carry the brca gene which would increase the possibility of ovarian cancer. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are generally bloating and possibly abdominal pain. An ultrasound of the ovaries will find cancer. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the history of ovarian cancer?

I want to know what's the history of ovarian cancer?

Unclear question: Ovarian cancer is a common disorder that is often not detected early. I am not sure what you mean by history of the cancer, however, if you consult this site, it will provide general information about this entity. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001891/. ...Read more

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Which test to detect ovarian cancer early is the best?

None: Unfortunately, no screening test (be it ultrasound, physical exam, or ca 125 tumor marker) can detect ovarian cancer early enough to make a difference. People with high risk for cancer often choose to have the ovaries removed before they get malignant. If you have concerns about your risk, please have a chat with your doc. Best to you. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Please explain what are some symptoms of ovarian cancer?

None at first: Sadly, there is no screening for ovarian cancer and by the time it causes symptoms, it is often advanced. Abdominal swelling, pain, or shortness of breath can happen in those cases. If you have strong family history for breast or ovarian ca, ask your gyn about risk assessment and genetic counseling. If the risk is high enough, a woman may benefit of preventative surgery. ...Read more

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Unexplained symptoms like ovarian cancer and no diagnosis?

Unexplained symptoms like ovarian cancer and no diagnosis?

Unclear questions: Ovrian cancer usually does not casuse any specific symptoms, at least in early stages. What are your symptoms? What work-up was done for diagnosis? Could the symptoms be due to GI causes? ...Read more

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I have refractory ovarian cancer, what symptoms are normal.?

None: Ovarian cancer, especially in the "refractory" state, is a disease of mimicry. Therefore, keep a symptom diary and keep close touch with your doctore. Your goal should be to assess symptom changes. ...Read more

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If you have ovarian cancer would you have each symptom a day?

Ovarian cancer: Symptoms are vague and non-specific, that is the reason is not commonly diagnosed in early stage. You asked several questions about it today and seems to be very worried. Please see your ob-gyn and get it checked. ...Read more

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Rectum (Definition)

The rectum is the last portion of the GI tract where the colon ends. It is heavily muscled and generally remains contacted to control the colonic contents but is under conscious control when a ...Read more


Colostomy (Definition)

A colostomy is a surgically created outlet of your colon to the skin. It is sometimes referred to as a 'bag' since a bag is placed over the colostomy to catch the ...Read more