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Doctor insights on: Proton Radiation Therapy Ovarian Cancer

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What are side effects of radiation therapy for ovarian cancer?

What are side effects of radiation therapy for ovarian cancer?

Moving strip : And liquid p-32 were used as late as 1980, but external as a curative modality not used. Toxicity was loose bowels, pancytopenia, the beam can be used focally for a tumor mass...Ask a radotherapy consultant to explain benefit and risk before agreeing to treatment. ...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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Is there a link between ovarian cancer and hormone replacement therapy?

Is there a link between ovarian cancer and hormone replacement therapy?

No: Causes of ovarian cancer are poorly understood. In some cases, there is a hereditary risk. There is no evidence that hormone therapy affects ovarian cancer. There is evidence that use of birth control pills is protective against ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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How much does hormone replacement therapy play in the development of ovarian cancer?

How much does hormone replacement therapy play in the development of ovarian cancer?

Probably none: There does not appear to be a correlation with hormone replacement therapy and ovarian cancer. Nevertheless, i always balance estrogen treatment with progesterone. There is some evidence that women estrogen dominance (overweight, infertile, polycystic ovaries and women who don't ovulate) have higher estrogen dependent cancers like breast, colon, uterine and ovarian. It's all about balance. ...Read more

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After treatment for ovarian cancer, how often do I need to be checked?

After treatment for ovarian cancer, how often do I need to be checked?

Frequently at first: Often, there is very close follow up after ovarian cancer treatment - every 3-4 months generally. Once the cancer is in remission for over a year or so, this may extend to every 6 months. The exact follow-up schedule will depend on the type of ovarian cancer, stage of the cancer, and type of treatment. ...Read more

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I need to know what is ovarian cancer treatment and surgery?

I need to know what is ovarian cancer treatment and surgery?

Surgery, maybe chemo: Ovarian cancer almost always requires surgery to remove the ovaries and any visible cancer. Many ovarian cancers also require treatment with chemotherapy; usually two drugs are used.Bthe treatment plan depends on the stage of the cancer and the particular subtype. ...Read more

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Ovarian cysts after treatment of ovarian cancer, help?

May be normal: Cysts are what ovaries make "for a living". An ovarian cyst, by itself, does indicated ovarian cancer. The reason for the cyst should be evaluated if it is persistent. Continued followup with the treating physician for ovarian cancer is indicated. ...Read more

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Curious as to why anti-egfr drugs have been largely unsuccessful for ovarian cancer treatment?

Clever cancer: Cancers are composed of populations of cells which divide and multiply rapidly and which have various abnormal metabolic pathways. Anti-egfr drugs are designed to block one important pathway whereby cancer cells promote blood vessel growth to feed them, but they can activate other pathways to do this when the drug is used, or they can mutate so that the receptor isn't blocked by the drug. ...Read more

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I had surgery for ovarian cancer & it was stage 1a & contained. No treatment required. Am i considered as survivor?

Yes: Was your cancer a borderline malignancy? Often if no treatment is required it's because the mass was considered borderline. But yes, you are a survivor (in more ways than one!). I'm sure your doctor recommended continued surveillance? So glad you caught it early! ...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


Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more