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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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What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer that show up early?

What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer that show up early?

Not specific: Early ovarian cancer may cause abdominal discomfort, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, indigestion, fatigue, or back pain. These symptoms are common with other medical problems, which is why ovarian cancer is often not diagnosed at an early stage. ...Read more

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Expert opinion - should ovarian cancer show up in a routine bloodtest?

Expert opinion - should ovarian cancer show up in a routine bloodtest?

Yes/no: Cancer per se rarely shows up in blood. But there is a chemical test we can do, it is called ca 125 which usually runs high and makes us think about ovarain cancer if the level is raise above 100(normal is unde r35). ...Read more

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Can a internal ultrasound detect ovarian cancer? Or at least show if there's something suspicious going on ?

Can a internal ultrasound detect ovarian cancer? Or at least show if there's something suspicious going on ?

Yes, but: A transvaginal ultrasound(US )and or abdominal ultrasound can often detect enlargement the ovary in ovarian cancer. However screening US are not recommended as there are many conditions that can cause ovarian enlargement besides cancer, most all of them benign. The most important approach is to check US in women with persistent unexplained abdominal or urinary symptoms. ...Read more

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If you have ovarian cancer does it show blood in urine test?

If you have ovarian cancer does it show blood in urine test?

No it does not unles: No it does not show blood in urine, unless there is metastasis in kidney, or tumor pressing on urinary tract structure. ...Read more

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Can a CT show difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Can a CT show difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Depends.: A cystic ovarian lesion can be a benign cyst or a cystic neoplasm. Even a benign cyst can be difficult to diagnose on ct if it has blood (hemorrhagic) or debris inside it. A ct may not be able to discern a hemorrhagic cyst from a solid tumor. A cyst with a growth along its wall may be suspicious. An ultrasound may be useful. Short term follow may tell if the cyst resolve/improve. ...Read more

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Does a CT show a difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: A ct of the abdomen and pelvis can give clues but surgery gives the only answers. In general, ovarian cancers are larger, more complex, often involve the omentum and lymph nodes. Ascites (excessive fluid in the abdomen) is often seen on ct also. ...Read more

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Living with clear cell ovarian cancer 3 years but PET scan shows activity in right breast retroareolar region. Ultrasound showed nothing 4m ago?

Living with clear cell ovarian cancer 3 years but PET scan shows activity in right breast retroareolar region. Ultrasound showed nothing 4m ago?

Recommend further ev: If there is sufficient update in the PET scan(SUV of >2.5), I would advise you to have another breat imaging study done. You have a choice to have mammography, repeat Ultrasound test or repeat PET scan once again, if the last PET scan was done >3 months earlier. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am worried I have ovarian cancer. I have had some pelvic pain for three months. I've had ultrasound , ca125 and MRI scan. All show nothing. ?

Ovarian cancer: Although there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, you have had tests that would help show it if it is present. There are many more common causes of pain (endometriosis, adhesions, interstitial cystitis ...) which are much more likely. ...Read more

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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