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Doctor insights on: Shouldn't A Gyn Dr Do Tests For Ovarian Cancer Like Ct Or Ultrasound When Having Alot Of Pain And Swelling And Bleeding

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Is rectal bleeding a sympt of ovarian cancer? I am getting conflicting info on the web. I read o cancer doesn't erode into the organs so it doesn't cause rectal bleeding. That was from a gyn oncologis

Is rectal bleeding a sympt of ovarian cancer? I am getting conflicting info on the web. I read o cancer doesn't erode into the organs so it doesn't cause rectal bleeding. That was from a gyn oncologis

Extremely unlikely: Ovarian cancer can, with enough time, can invade into the rectum and cause bleeding, but it would have to be at advanced stage at that point. In reality, it's rare for ovarian cancer to present with rectal bleeding, especially at your age. Far more likely there is a gastrointestinal issue. See your doctor to be evaluated for this. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Can you trust the diagnosis of ovarian cancer that is detected through a CT scan and ultrsound?

Can you trust the diagnosis of ovarian cancer that is detected through a CT scan and ultrsound?

Not very reliable: Ultrasound, ct, tumor marker evaluation, history, and physical exam have not been shown to be effective in adequately screening for this disease (even when used all together). This is a disease we don't really have a handle on right now. This doesn't mean patients who have pelvic pain or risk factors shouldn't be evaluated, but the tools available have not been shown to increase life expectancy. ...Read more

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I may have an abnormal he 4 blood test. Do I have ovarian cancer. I have an ovarian cyst 3.4 CM which is being monitored with transvaginal ultrasounds?

I may have an abnormal he 4 blood test. Do I have ovarian cancer. I have an ovarian cyst 3.4 CM which is being monitored with transvaginal ultrasounds?

An abnormal HE-4: Is not good but what is the ca-125 or did they do an ova-1? And if you are not, you should be referred to a gyn oncologist for evaluation and is not hard to remove that ovary through the davinci or laparoscope if necessary, as at your age the ovary is worthless and hopefully it will be benign. ...Read more

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What the test for ovarian cancer? Ultrasound or blood test

What the test for ovarian cancer? Ultrasound or blood test

Several tests done.: Pain and bloating can be signs of ovarian cancer, but they can be just from a painful period. Ovarian cancer would be more likely in older women, like 40+ years, and most likely in women 70+ years. Other tests, like pelvic exam, ca-125, and transvaginal ultrasound would be needed. The ultimate way to know is surgery to see if it is in fact, a tumor of something else. ...Read more

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Does ovarian cancer cause leg numbness and foot swelling?

Does ovarian cancer cause leg numbness and foot swelling?

OVarian cancer: It can if it is associated with a DVT (blood clot) in that leg. Chemotherapy can also cause numbness. ...Read more

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Wht r chances I have ovarian cancer? I've had ultrasound & there was fluid where a cyst had popped but nothing else- it hurts sometimes-???

Wht r chances I have ovarian cancer? I've had ultrasound & there was fluid where a cyst had popped but nothing else- it hurts sometimes-???

Sneaky Ovarian CA: Ovarian cancer is often difficult to diagnose with very few symptoms. However, at your age and without a family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer (genetic predisposition) it is very unlikely. The GYN or FP MD who ordered the ultrasound can offer other testing for CA if you have further concerns. ...Read more

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Can a pelvic ultrasound detect ovarian cancer? What are the chances of having a normal scan and still having it?

Can a pelvic ultrasound detect ovarian cancer? What are the chances of having a normal scan and still having it?

Fairly reliable test: Pelvic ultrasound is fairly reliable to detect masses or fluid collections in the pelvis. It will also pick up most cases of Ovarian Cancer. So a normal ultrasound rules out obvious Ovarian cancer. Yet it can miss small tumors arising from the ovary. I think you can relax and not worry about missing cancer if you have no pelvic or abdominal symptoms... which can be quite subtle for ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Could the transvaginal ultrasound not catch ovarian cancer on time before it spreads to other organs?

Could the transvaginal ultrasound not catch ovarian cancer on time before it spreads to other organs?

Possibly: The transvaginal ultrasound (u/s) is arguably the best screening tool for ovarian cancer (oca) but certainly the quality of the u/s and the state of the oca when it was discovered can affect the value of the early diagnosis. A recent study comparing the survival of persons whose oca was detected by u/s to those diagnosed by other means showed significant increased survival in the u/s group. ...Read more

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How precise is the pelvic and trans vaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

How precise is the pelvic and trans vaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Limited: Ultrasound, tumor marker evaluation, history, and physical exam have not been shown to be effective in adequately screening for this disease (even when used all together). This is a disease we don't really have a handle on right now. This doesn't mean patients who have pelvic pain or risk factors shouldn't be evaluated, but the tools available have not been shown to increase life expectancy. ...Read more

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How accurate is the pelvic and trans vaginal ultrasound for the early detection of ovarian cancer?

How accurate is the pelvic and trans vaginal ultrasound for the early detection of ovarian cancer?

Not accurate enough: Early diagnosis is of ovarian cancer is essetial for cure, the silent killer of woman. But it is useful in identifying the nature of pelvic mass, and possible to detect ovarian cancer, moot point can it detect it early, national alliance on ovarian cancer recommends it. Other useful blood tests ca 125, new ova 1 may not detect all early ovarian cancers. ...Read more

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How precise is the pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

How precise is the pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Limited: Ultrasound, tumor marker evaluation, history, and physical exam have not been shown to be effective in adequately screening for this disease (even when used all together). This is a disease we don't really have a handle on right now. This doesn't mean patients who have pelvic pain or risk factors shouldn't be evaluated, but the tools available have not been shown to increase life expectancy. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does ovarian cancer look like on ultrasounds?

Hello doctors, what does ovarian cancer look like on ultrasounds?

Mass or cystic mass: Ultrasound, done though the abdominal wall and transvaginally is used to examine the size shape and other characteristics of ovaries. Cancer may present as a mass in the ovary or a cyst or a combination of the two. Definitive diagnosis requires examination of suspect tissue by a pathologist. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I had an ultrasound done about a year ago, could I have gotten ovarian cancer since then.?

What do you advise if I had an ultrasound done about a year ago, could I have gotten ovarian cancer since then.?

Ovarian cancer: It is theoretically possible, the ultrasound one year ago has no influence on future events. Why do you think you might have ovarian cancer? Best bet is to talk to your gyn. If you have a genetic increased risk (BRCA carrier) or a strong family history, there may be a role for screening ultrasounds. ...Read more

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Is it ovarian cancer bleeding look like a menstual period?

Is it ovarian cancer bleeding look like a menstual period?

Ovary CA & bleeding: Ovarian cancer does not usually cause abnormal uterine bleeding. If you have a mass and abnormal uterine bleeding, you need to get an endometrial biopsy. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ovarian cancer? Can an MRI help in this case more than an ultrasound?

What are symptoms of ovarian cancer? Can an MRI help in this case more than an ultrasound?

Ovarian CA: The initial screening test for women high risk for ovarian ca is an ultrasound and measurement of ca-125 a serum test. If the urtrasound is suspicious then an MRI or a special ct is done. Depends on the institution. ...Read more

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How accurate is trans vaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

How accurate is trans vaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Apparently, very.: Statistics for this are hard to come by, but this is an essential part, along with physical exam, and blood test (for ca-125), of the initial workup. Patients can be asymptomatic, and physical exam can be negative. An ultrasound is likely to find suspect areas that the other tests can fail to pick up. High ca-125 can be seen in other conditions. Surgery is probably the most specific procedure. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a kidney stone ultrasound also detect ovarian cancer?

Yes, but...: It is possible that a renal ultrasound might detect some findings associated with ovarian cancer but the cancer would have to be relatively advanced for such findings to be present. Ascites (fluid in the abdomen) soft tissue masses on the abdominal wall (peritoneal implants), and blockage of the kidneys may be seen. The ovaries themselves would not typically be studied. ...Read more

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In er, ultrasound showed cysts on both ovaries, and one cyst was lumpy. Could this be ovarian cancer?

It might be.: A cyst might be simple or multi-loculated, that is, many cysts in one with many walls that could contain cancer cells. The cyst might be filled with blood, a hemorrhagic cyst, or fluid, or be something else entirely. That's why it should be examined and possibly removed by laparoscopy, etc. It would be wise to see your doctor for an exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can transvaginal ultrasound be used for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Can transvaginal ultrasound be used for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Sometimes: It is not a good screening test for the average woman. However, some centers recommend aggressive screening for women with significant family history of ovarian cancer or genetic related issues. In those few cases, screening with vaginal ultrasound and ca-125 blood tests may be helpful. (but unfortunately, these tests are no where near as sensitive as colonoscopy screening for colorectal polyps. ...Read more

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How accurate is the transabdomen and transvaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

How accurate is the transabdomen and transvaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Not very: Unfortunately, there is no good screening for ovarian cancer. Ultrasound will show a mass if there is one and may help characterize it as likely benign or malignant. This, with blood test and recognizing symptoms, might help with managment of a mass that is already there, but not in early detection.
Notify your doctor if you have persistent bloating, change in bowel or bladder habits, or pain. ...Read more

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Would diagnostic laparoscopy find ovarian cancer if there was any? I've had one, and ultrasounds and a colonoscopy but no cause for bloating found

Usually: Yes provided the ovaries were readily visible and you had a thorough laparoscopy. Bloating is often caused by excessive fiber along with inadequate fluids and all of the exams you had would all be negative. Try modifying your diet, cut out caffeine and drink 80-100 oz of fluids per day for 10-15 days. Simethicone and charcoal tablets may also help as will probiotics. ...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?

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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Do CT scans pick up early stages OR stages of ovarian cancer and colon cancer?

Do CT scans pick up early stages OR stages of ovarian cancer and colon cancer?

Yes/No: For early detection of Cancer, there are well defined screening guidelines which your primary care physician can share with you and guide you. For Colon cancer CT scan is not a good screening test. Instead Colonoscopy is the best test, but it is to be done> 40 years of age unless you have any symptoms like rectal bleeding or abdominal pain. Best thing you can do is to have an annual Physical exam. ...Read more

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I have 2 cystic ovarian masses, on CT scan. Could this mean ovarian cancer. I'm nervous. 29 years old?

I have 2 cystic ovarian masses, on CT scan. Could this mean ovarian cancer. I'm nervous. 29 years old?

Almost never!!: It is very common to see cysts on the ovaries. Ovaries make cysts every month that contain eggs. These come and go all the time. These are usually small, under 3cm each. But you should follow up with your gynecologist who can check with an ultrasound. Ct scan is a very poor way to look at the ovaries and pelvic ultrasound will tell you much more. Most likely, they will go away on their own. ...Read more

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Ct found ovarian cystic mass, does that mean a cyst. Can a CT scan tell the difference between a cyst and tumor? Worried about ovarian cancer.

Not necessarily: Ultrasound would be a more accurate test to evaluate the contents of an ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts are common findings. You should see your gynecologist. ...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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Found a 2cm cyst. Bleeding in between period. Extremely loud stomach growling and very bloated for 30 days. I wake up with growling. Ovarian cancer?

Found a 2cm cyst. Bleeding in between period. Extremely loud stomach growling and very bloated for 30 days. I wake up with growling. Ovarian cancer?

It's possible: I assume you mean you have an ovarian cyst. If this was seen on ultrasound, it's likely to be a cyst and not cancer. You are very young, and there are many things that can cause the symptoms you describe. However, bloating is a common symptom among women who are later diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I'd go back to your doctor and emphasize how bloated you've been, and ask the same question! ...Read more

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Could a cyst be a sign of ovarian cancer if you have premature ovarian failure? I have awful pain, increased urination and prolonged heavy bleeding.

Could a cyst be a sign of ovarian cancer if you have premature ovarian failure? I have awful pain, increased urination and prolonged heavy bleeding.

Ovarian cancer: It sounds as if you have other things going on also. You should not be bleeding if you have ovarian failure. You need to have an endometrial biopsy as well as have your ovaries evaluated. ...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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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more