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Are pelvic tumors, like malignant ovarian tumors, genetic?

Are pelvic tumors, like malignant ovarian tumors, genetic?

To some extent: Almost all tumors have a genetic component in that heredity plays a role in the susceptibility to cancers. In the case of ovarian cancer there are a few well characterized genetic markers that portend higher incidence, e.g., brca 1 and brca 2. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer different from metastatic ovarian cancer?

How is ovarian cancer different from metastatic ovarian cancer?

Related to spread: Metastatic refers to a cancer that has spread from the original site that it originated from to a more distant site in the body. For example, if a woman had ovarian cancer and it spread to the lungs then this would be consider metastatic disease. ...Read more

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Breast cancer, lymphadema, ovarian cysts,fibroid, atrophic kidney, gallbladder polyps, diverticula, appendicitis, osteoprosis, ddd are they connected?

Breast cancer, lymphadema, ovarian cysts,fibroid, atrophic kidney, gallbladder polyps, diverticula, appendicitis, osteoprosis, ddd are they connected?

Muliple issues: I would suggest that you seek a comprehensive medical evalaution: some GI symptoms may be related; however breast cance, ovarian cysts, kidney diease are all separate issues. Get yourself in the hands of an expert or experts-ASAP. ...Read more

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Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Complicated question: Carcinoids are carcinomas, usually more slow growing than adenocarcinomas. For information in this topic you may consult this link: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/carcinoid-tumors#1 ...Read more

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Can bladder cancer metastasize?

Can bladder cancer metastasize?

Yes: Untreated bladder cancer can metastasize to other organs and structures when left untreated. The more aggressive the bladder cancer, the higher the likelihood of metastasis. It is not unusual for bladder cancer to metastasize. ...Read more

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Benign ovarian cyst can turn into cancer?

Benign ovarian cyst can turn into cancer?

Not likely: Do you know that the cyst is benign? It not possible to know that without removing the cyst and having it examined by a pathologist. Benign and malignant cysts may look the same on imaging. Bening cysts do not turn into malignant ones, and certainly not once those are removed. ...Read more

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Can benign ovarian cyst turn into cancer?

No: I qualify that saying anything possible in medicine. Benign means just that. There are pre cancerous lesions so one has to be careful when telling a pt something is benign. If your doc is careful he will never say benign if there is some even remote possibility of cancer later. That is the way i practiced anyway. I hope whoever said that to you is careful!. Always be vigilant watching it! ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer and breast cancer be hereditary?

Can ovarian cancer and breast cancer be hereditary?

Yes, of course: This is one of the classic hereditary cancer syndromes. Sorry, i don't have enough characters to be allowed to give you a full asnwer here, but quoting wikipedia: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/hereditary_breast%e2%80%93ovarian_cancer_syndrome. ...Read more

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How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

Clinicopath. correla: One of the most important clinical features is the age of the patient. Approximately one of eight ovarian tumors in patients less than 45 year of age is malignant; by contrast, in older women, the proportion is about one of three. The single most common ovarian tumor, the mature cystic teratoma, dermoid cyst-benign tumor, is encountered at all ages. Clinicopathologic correlation is important. ...Read more

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Ovarian cysts after treatment of ovarian cancer, help?

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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Ovarian cancer symtoms?

Ovarian cancer symtoms?

None specific, early: Unfortunately there are no specific symptoms in early disease, other than vague symptoms like bloating, abdominal discomfort etc. See the following site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...Read more

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What are some triple negative breast cancer tumors slow growing tumors?

What are some triple negative breast cancer tumors slow growing tumors?

More aggressive: Since triple negative breast cancer cells have no hormone receptors on them, the cancer treatments that attack the cancer through those receptors do not work. Triple negative breast cancer tends to more aggressive, higher grade and with a lower 5 year survival. See this link: http://www.Breastcancer.Org/symptoms/diagnosis/trip_neg/behavior. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhagic cyst cause ovarian cancer?

Unlikely: Hemorrhage occurs routinely in the cyst formed at ovulation. While a hemorrhagic cyst can be the result of a cancer, hemorrhagic cyst, per se, does not cause cancer. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer increase breast cancer risk?

Can thyroid cancer increase breast cancer risk?

Not usually: There are some families who have increased rates of a variety of cancers, including papillary thyroid cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer. But having one does not cause an risk for another; instead inherited genes put a person at increased risk for both. A person with a history of thyroid cancer should be sure to get recommended mammograms and colon tests. ...Read more

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Are wilms' tumors malignant?

Are wilms' tumors malignant?

Yes: Wilms' tumor is a malignant tumor of the kidney that usually occurs in childhood. ...Read more

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Ovarian cancer, omental caking, spread though peritoneum --what is prognosis?

Ovarian cancer, omental caking, spread though peritoneum --what is prognosis?

Probably not great.: This seems like advanced disease that is relatively widespread. This would likely be treated with chemotherapy, like Paclitaxel and cisplatin.In cycles. This has been shown to have a 5 year survival of up to 20%. ...Read more

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Are pancreatic polyps cancerous?

Are pancreatic polyps cancerous?

Unclear question: Pancreas does not generally have polyps. While theoretically polyp may develop in the ducts, these are not generally know to occur. Colonic polyps are pre-cancerous. ...Read more

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History of early stage breast cancer have septated ovarian cyst?

History of early stage breast cancer have septated ovarian cyst?

Need more details: I highly recommend you consult your oncology team and get evaluated by a gynecology oncologist. Since you are <50, it makes me concerned about a brca mutations (if you have not been tested, then get tested!). Ovarian cancer and breast cancer can be related, especially if brca is positive. If you have a estrogen positive tumor, then stopping the ovaries from making hormone may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Would an ovarian cancer tumor grow larger over the course of 1.5 years?

Would an ovarian cancer tumor grow larger over the course of 1.5 years?

Likely, yes!: Most cancers do not sit still. They tend to grow in size and may spread. But benign tumors may not change in size over such a period of time. You need to tell us your story in detail. ...Read more

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I've had a tumor marker test which is 45.. The test was for ovarian cancer. Could I have cancer?

I've had a tumor marker test which is 45.. The test was for ovarian cancer. Could I have cancer?

Yes: Anybody can have cancer. The basis of diagnosis is the history, physical exam, and rational screening. I do not know what blood work you had, or whether the marker was above reference range or not. This question needs to be brought by you to, and answered by, your personal physician. I'm glad you're taking a proactive approach and wish you good luck on follow-up. ...Read more

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Does ovarian cancer always possess a tumor? Or large cyst that doesn't go away? Any odds it is present but no tumor or maybe small cysts?

Does ovarian cancer always possess a tumor? Or large cyst that doesn't go away? Any odds it is present but no tumor or maybe small cysts?

Terminology: For ovarian cancer to be there, there has to be a "tumor", i.e., a mass. The mass may be solid or cystic. There are many different types of ovarian cancers and each has different manifestations. You may consult this site for more info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/basics/definition/CON-20028096 ...Read more

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My mother has stage 14 ovarian cancer. She refused chemo and has a new tumor. She has ascities and can't walk. Will she live 6 months?

My mother has stage 14 ovarian cancer. She refused chemo and has a new tumor.  She has ascities and can't walk.  Will she live 6 months?

Probably not: Aggressive untreated ovarian cancer leads to short survival. People with what is termed a poor performance status (inability to walk, etc.) have very short survival rates. ...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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I have a cyst that 4 cm. I was on bc to shrink it. But instead I gained weight. Should I b concerned about ovarian cancer?

I have a cyst that 4 cm. I was on bc to shrink it. But instead I gained weight. Should I b concerned about ovarian cancer?

No.: Ovarian cysts are a very common finding in young women. They do not predispose to ovarian cancer. Some risk factors for ovarian cancer include never having been pregnant, women treated with hormone therapy (like estrogen), and genetics (such as a brca mutation). ...Read more

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Do I have ovarian cancer?

Do I have ovarian cancer?

Probably not: But you'll have to give us a few more clues to get our input, but better to see your doctor to discuss prospect and risk. Unless fm hx, brca-2 +, i would not worry at 24. ...Read more

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What caused ovarian cancer?

What caused ovarian cancer?

Possible Risk Factor: Risk factors for ovarian cancer include increasing age, obesity, prolonged use of fertility drugs, and family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer, especially for persons with brca 1 or 2 mutations. However, it's impossible to know why any individual develops cancer since having a risk factor does not guarantee the disease will develop and many people with cancer may not have risk factor. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer caused?

No one cause: There is no specific cause for ovarian cancer, but several risk factors have been identified. Women who have a family history of either ovarian, breast, or colon cancer all are at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Most ovarian cancers are diagnosed in the six or seventh decades of life, and typically arise from the ovarian epithelium. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer detected?

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How is ovarian cancer detected?

A few ways: Often it's asymptomatic until it's well advanced. If there's any early symptoms it's going to be vague ones that ladies are plagued with anyway like bloating and pelvic pain and bladder irritation. Testing 1st involves a pelvic exam (a small mass will be hard to feel), an ultrasound, possibly an MRI. A ca125 is a blood test that's usually elevated in ovarian cancer, but other things elevate it too. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

Tissue examination: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and physical examination may reveal a mass. There are many causes of a mass in the ovary and once a diagnosis is suspected, it requires removal of tissue and examination by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis. See this site for more info http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you die from ovarian cancer?

Can you die from ovarian cancer?

Yes: Untreated, ovarian cancer is 100% fatal unless something else kills the patient first. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Varies / nonspecific: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific and may include: abdominal pressure / fullness / bloating, pelvic discomfort / pain, persistent indigestion / gas / nausea, changes in bowel habits (such as constipation), changes in bladder habits, loss of appetite or quickly feeling full, increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist, lack of energy, and low back pain. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ovarian cancer?

What are symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Symptoms include bloating, pelvic pain, urinary urgency, and early satiety. Studies have found that symptoms occur in early stages in many women, but they are nonspecific. ...Read more

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What are symptoms for ovarian cancer?

Very few initially.: Ovarian cancer is hard to diagnose early due to the lack of symptoms initially and the non-specific symptoms which develop as the disease progresses. In general, symptoms can range from bloating, increasing abdominal size, nausea, decreased appetite, weight loss and pain. ...Read more

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What are the tests for ovarian cancer?

History: Including family history, physical exam with pelvic looks at ervix, and bimanual exam, & rectal exam to probe for masses, shelf, and overt and secret blood. Then begins imaging: u/s, ct. If a mass is confirmed, it needs biopsy. Only after DX is made is a ca-125 potentially helpful, not as a screen. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms ovarian cancer ?

What are the symptoms ovarian cancer ?

None until late: The most common symptoms associated with ovarian cancer include feeling full after a few bites of food, abdominal pain and bloating and changes in urinary or bowel function. ...Read more

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What are the stages of ovarian cancer?

See below: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/ Please visit this site for information on this topic. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Bloating, fullness: Unfortunately, ovarian cancer often causes vague symptoms which are often mild so the patient is not brought to medical attention until the cancer is advanced. Some symptoms can include bloating, changes in urinary or bowel habits, a feeling of fullness, and increased abdominal size. These symptoms are often present daily. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A cancer that begins in the female organs ...Read more