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I've heard that one of the side effects of thyroid meds is ovarian cancer, as well as breast cancer and on the minor scale, hair loss. Is this true?

I've heard that one of the side effects of thyroid meds is ovarian cancer, as well as breast cancer and on the minor scale, hair loss. Is this true?

No: I assume you mean synthroid/levothyroxin for thyroid replacement therapy. This is just a synthetic thyroid hormone for those who cannot make it in their own thyroid. This does not cause cancer. Typically, a low functioning thyroid will cause hair loss, not therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Can an ovarian cyst cause high wbc that I have loss appetite And feeling fuller. Really worried about ovarian cancer no other symptoms?

Can an ovarian cyst cause high wbc that I have loss appetite And feeling fuller. Really worried about ovarian cancer no other symptoms?

Vague symptoms: Ovarian cysts and early ovarian cancer don't generally increase the white count. A Tubo-Ovarian Abcess or Ovarian Torsion can increase the white count but are usually associated with severe pain. Ovarian Cancer is fairly silent initially but then can have vague, non-specific symptoms. See a Gyn yearly and discuss your concerns. Imaging of your ovaries will usually rule-out ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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I have every symptom of ovarian cancer. 10 day periods, pain w/ sex, weight loss, bloating, anemia, bad sharp cramps, sore boobs, but I'm only 25?

Are you sure?: This doesn't sound like ovarian cancer to me. This sounds like you are going on line and trying to diagnose yourself. Go to a doctor and find out what is going on. ...Read more

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Could an ovarian cyst be cancerous, or be a sign to ovarian cancer? Also, have massive weight loss, fatigue, lack of appetite. And severe stomach pain.

Could an ovarian cyst be cancerous, or be a sign to ovarian cancer? Also, have massive weight loss, fatigue, lack of appetite. And severe stomach pain.

Ovarian cysts: By your symptoms, it sounds like you need to see your gyn doctor. I you are not getting an answer you find acceptable, it is not wrong to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Irregular periods, dry hair, feeling hot, indigestion, headaches, and constipation. Ab ultra-normal and bloodwork. Could this be ovarian cancer?

Irregular periods, dry hair, feeling hot, indigestion, headaches, and constipation. Ab ultra-normal and bloodwork. Could this be ovarian cancer?

Unlikely at age 20: Ovarian Cancer is very unlikely at age 20. Its most common in women in their 40s and 50s. Sounds more like a thyroid disorder or PCOS. See an Ob/Gyn. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What age it s more possible to get ovarian cancer?

What age it s more possible to get ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The average age of a woman with ovarian cancer in the us is 62-63. In women with a family history, women with brca1 mutations usually get cancer earlier and women with brca2 mutations get ovarian cancer at a later age. ...Read more

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Need help when ovarian cancer recurs, what kind(s) of cancer is it most likely to be?

The same cancer: Recurrence means that it's the same cancer that has come back. While it may come back in a different place in the abdomen-- the cell type is the same regardless even if the ovaries are no longer there. A biopsy will show if the recurrence is consistent with the original cancer. ...Read more

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Had a Vag u/s 5 months ago.lately feel crampy with urge to go to bathroom.is it unlikely ovarian cancer since the u/s 5 mo.ago? Yearly exam in 1 week

Ovarian cancer: The time frame for development of clinically recognizable cancer is generally on the order of months to years for most ovarian cancers. Your symptoms could be due to several other things though, so be sure to inform your doctor on the next visit and have them evaluated. ...Read more

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How fast does ovarian cancer grow?

How fast does ovarian cancer grow?

Very fast!: This is a form of cancer that requires quick intervention. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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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How to know if I have ovarian cancer or anything serious?

How to know if I have ovarian cancer or anything serious?

Serious Health issue: The only way to know what's going on in your body is to know what is normal for your body and your age. Participate in the regular screening studies and visit with your md regularly. Visit the american cancer society web page to see what screening is recommended and what age to start. ...Read more

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What are the chances of recovering from secondary ovarian cancer?

This is not a right: Secondary ovarian cancer is not a correct term to describe your cancer. I assume you are saying that it has recurred? In that case there are several drugs and treatments which are commonly used with significant extension of life and occasional cures(possible) but typically it is uncommon to cure ovarian cancer, second time around after failing first line of chemotherapy. Seek an expert opinion for. ...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


Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more