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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 can cause pain in both ovaries and back pain constant for 2 days. Could it be ovarian cancer?

What can cause pain in both ovaries and back pain constant for 2 days. Could it be ovarian cancer?

back pain & ovaries: most likely not cancer. Very likely ruptured ovarian cyst. If pain continues need to see healthcare provider, although most ruptured cyst symptoms resolve with time. Good Luck

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I don't think I am asking question right if my ovary is enlarged would it be due to a mass or can ovarian cancer cause ovary to swell with no mass?

I don't think I am asking question right  if my ovary is enlarged would it be due to a mass or can ovarian cancer cause ovary to swell with no mass?

Definitions: A mass usually describes an abnormal enlargement that could be solid or cystic sometimes similarly referred to as a tumor. Masses or tumors can occur in any organ or the body like the ovary but they can be benign or malignant. It is then called cancer if it is malignant as shown on a biopsy. Thus, the cause of a mass may be a cancer or a benign condition.

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Can ovarian cancer cause pain in the opposite side? Where I have no ovary

Ovarian pain: Pain can radiate but usually should be on the the same side of the cancer. Other causes of pain should be considered.

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Had ovarian cancer and had total hysterectomy in 2012. I have bad cramping in lower abdomen/back, like pre hyst. Wht causes this?

Had ovarian cancer and had total hysterectomy in 2012. I have bad cramping in lower abdomen/back, like pre hyst. Wht causes this?

MD time: Cramps in the abdomen and back can be due to a million and one different causes, benign or not. Do not get too anxious, just make sure your oncologist knows about it and follow his/her instructions. Hope it is nothing serious. Get better soon.

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When I go toilet to urinate or bowel movement sometimes it causes pain in front of pelvis? Is that ovarian cancer or something?

Probable cystitis: Ovarian and other cancers in pelvis rarely associated with pain unless there is bowel obstruction from mets. pain on urinating mostly from inflammation in bladder. Urine analysis , colonoscopy and cystoscopy needed if urine analysis doesn't resoslve issue.

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Is Monitoring of Stage 1a high grade serous ovarian cancer okay given hysterectomy was done, tumor limited to single intact ovary?

Is Monitoring of Stage 1a high grade serous ovarian cancer okay given hysterectomy was done, tumor limited to single intact ovary?

Great!: It is very unusual to find ovarian cancer at such an early stage so this is great. Follow the recommendations of your oncologist regarding further care since your oncologist is best able to weight your overall health and the risks/ side-effects of observation vs. additional treatment. Best wishes.

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If ovarian cancer suspect and ovary & lymph removed. Is biopsy done during surgery and how long til results? Will lymph biopsy results be done first?

If ovarian cancer suspect and ovary & lymph removed. Is biopsy done during surgery and how long til results? Will lymph biopsy results be done first?

Frozen section,,,: What is done during surgery for this or other operations for malignancy is usually a frozen section, not a biopsy. This is taken so the doctors know if there is tumor or if they got all the tumor if there is one. The results are reported at that time but it is preliminary. The official result comes after surgical dissection and examination and takes 2-3 days. Then the dr. Tells the pt.

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I am 34 years old. I have mid cycle pain that lasts until i mensturate. The pain is around my left ovary and frequent urination. Afraid ovarian cancer?

I am 34 years old. I have mid cycle pain that lasts until i mensturate. The pain is around my left ovary and frequent urination. Afraid ovarian cancer?

Unlikely: The pain is more likely ovulatory in nature, but if you have a family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer see a gyn md to be sure that it is not.

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Swollen ovary could mean ovarian cancer?

Swollen ovary could mean ovarian cancer?

Yes: Enlarged or swelled ovary could be sign of ovarian cancer. Need careful follow-up. If persist need biopsy.

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Where are the ovaries? What exactly is ovarian cancer?

Where are the ovaries? What exactly is ovarian cancer?

See below: Ovaries are in the pelvis if a woman, one on either side of uterus/vagina. See picture on the right. See this site for information on ovarian cancer. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/basics/definition/CON-20028096

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Please point me to where are the ovaries and what exactly is ovarian cancer?

Please point me to where are the ovaries and what exactly is ovarian cancer?

Ovaries are pelvic: The ovaries are glandular structures on both sides of and connected to the uterus by the fallopian tubes that transport eggs from the ovaries to the uterine structure. The surface of the glandular portion of the ovary is epithelial similar to the peritoneal surface of the abdominal cavity. For the most part ovarian cancer develops in the peritoneal surface of the ovary and rarely from the stroma.

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Help please! is aching ovaries a symptom of ovarian cancer?

Help please! is aching ovaries a symptom of ovarian cancer?

Not usually: There are few symptoms of ovarian cancer which accounts for why it is rarely diagnosed at an early stage. The known symptoms are bloating, pelvic or back pain, feeling full quickly when eating, changes in bowel and bladder function and new unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge.

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What does a stomach swollen from ovarian cancer look like?

Abdominal distention: It is the abdomen, not the stomach, that is swollen in some patients with advanced ovarian cancer. This is mainly due to accumulation of fluid (called ascites) within the abdomen. The fluid over time causes distention of the abdomen (just like what you would see in a pregnant women). The more the fluid accumulates, the more distanded the abdomen and patients may have discomfort and pain.

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My lower stomach feels bloated and full for days could it be ovarian cancer?

My lower stomach feels bloated and full for days could it be ovarian cancer?

Probably not.: At your age, the risk of ovarian cancer is very small. But, if for anything else, you should get checked out for your peace of mind. It may just be a gastrointestinal issue

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My ca125 levels are slightly elevated and there is a solid mass on my ovary, should I be concerened that it is ovarian cancer?

My ca125 levels are slightly elevated and there is a solid mass on my ovary, should I be concerened that it is ovarian cancer?

Depends: Ask your gyn. A solid mass is concerning, but your age, menopausal status, and the ultrasound characteristics are important as well. Elevated ca-125 suggests ovarian cancer, but may be somewhat elevated in many benign conditions, as well, including endometriosis. All of this needs a discussion with your gyn and a possible referral to a gyn oncologist - who are the real experts in this area.

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I had a hysterectomy last year aged 29. Gyn left a cyst on ovary said it shall disappear. I have all symptoms for ovarian cancer should I be concerned?

I had a hysterectomy last year aged 29. Gyn left a cyst on ovary said it shall disappear. I have all symptoms for ovarian cancer should I be concerned?

Ultrasound: If you are concerned about the presence of the cyst the Gynecologist saw at the hysterectomy, you can get an ultrasound done to check for the presence or absence of the cyst. Do you have family history of ovarian cancer? You are too young to get your ovaries removed. Surgical menopause at this young age is not recommended. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and can be from colon or stomach too.

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Day 10 of cycle right ovary 2.2x 1.38 x 2.24 left ovary 3.87l x 2.01h x 4w with a teeny dermoid and 2 CM simple cyst is left ovary considered enlarged and should I worry about ovarian cancer?

Day 10 of cycle right ovary 2.2x 1.38 x 2.24 left ovary 3.87l x 2.01h x 4w with a teeny dermoid and 2 CM simple cyst is left ovary considered enlarged and should I worry about ovarian cancer?

Depends on age: Most dermoids are benign tumors, but rarely they can be part of malignant tumor. If these cysts change in size based on menstrual cycle, they are not as worrisome. However, you should monitor them closely (as it seems you are). If you are between 15-40, functional cysts are more common.

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Day 10 of cycle right ovary is 2.2 l x 1.38h x 2.24w left ovary 3.87l x 2.01h x 4 w with 7 mm dermoid appearing cyst and a1.8 x 1.5 x 1.99 simple cyst is my left ovary considered enlarged and should I worry this is ovarian cancer?

Day 10 of cycle right ovary is 2.2 l x 1.38h x 2.24w left ovary 3.87l x 2.01h x 4 w with 7 mm dermoid appearing cyst and a1.8 x 1.5 x 1.99 simple cyst is my left ovary considered enlarged and should I worry this is ovarian cancer?

Just watch it 4 now: The large majority of women in their 40s have a couple of simple cysts, and little dermoids are familiar and commonplace. If the radiologist is confident and your gynecologist agrees it's probably a dermoid, then just watch it -- risk of waiting is less than risk of surgery. Glad you are taking a proactive approach to your health, and thanks for a thoughtful question.

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