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One ovary was a little bit bigger than the other. Isn't that a sign of ovarian cancer?

One ovary was a little bit bigger than the other. Isn't that a sign of ovarian cancer?

Normal: It is normal to have some asymmetry in size. Depends on normal cyst, time of cycle. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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How does one get ovarian cancer after removal of ovaries?

Tissue cell migratio: When ovaries have been removed you may have stray cells inorgans& other parts of body, and it is possible to get cancer usually in peritonium.So it is possible even after removal of ovaries. ...Read more

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Is one sided pelvic pain symptom of ovarian cancer?

Probably not: There are many causes for one-sided pelvic pain, and it depends on which side. Ovarian cysts, endometriosis, appendicitis, inflammatory bowel disease, urinary stones, pelvic infections, and even simple constipation can cause this. A healthcare provider needs to ask you more questions and examine you. Unless you have risk factors for ovarian cancer, it's low on my list of causes. So go in! ...Read more

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Had hysterectomy in 2001, all gone but one ovary. It quit producing estrogen 2 years ago, can I still get ovarian cancer?

Had hysterectomy in 2001, all gone but one ovary. It quit producing estrogen 2 years ago, can I still get ovarian cancer?

Yes, you can.: Any ovary can develop ovarian cancer, even if it has stopped producing estrogen. In fact, the risk for ovarian cancer increases with age. The median age at diagnosis is 63. The good news is that ovarian cancer is rare, and accounts for only 1.3% of all new cancer cases in the U.S. ...Read more

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What does aggressive mean in ovarian cancer without chemo treatment ?

What does aggressive mean in ovarian cancer without chemo treatment ?

More dangerous: There are several dozen distinct types of ovarian cancer, and even within the types, there are subgroups that are more or less like to spread rapidly, invade surrounding structures more quickly, and/or spread to remote sites. The types will guide treatment, and some of the more aggressive tumors also respond especially well. Good luck -- i'll be thinking of you. ...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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Is an ultrasound that examines the endometrium also good for examining the ovaries?How does one get their ovaries examined to check for ovarian cancer

Is an ultrasound that examines the endometrium also good for examining the ovaries?How does one get their ovaries examined to check for ovarian cancer

Pelvic Ultrasound: A standard female pelvic ultrasound evaluates the uterus (and endometrium) as well as the ovaries. Current ultrasound technology (especially when both transabdominal and transvaginal images are obtained) is a very good screening test for ovarian pathology including ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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My dr told me that ovarian cancer is chronic and will probably keep coming back. Mine was stage 3c, and was surgically removed except for the lymph nodes. Cancer is now back in one lymph node after just five months post chemo. Is this true?

Possible: It is disturbing when ovarian cancer returns so quickly after chemotherapy. The possibility of a cure and no further treatment is small. There are effective treatments but they are designed to control the disease. You might want to discuss the game plan in more detail with your oncologist i'm sorry to hear about your problem. ...Read more

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I have signs for cervical n ovarian cancer can having either one make a lump under ear i had for ten yrs that never grow till now ?

I have signs for cervical n ovarian cancer can having either one make a lump under ear i had for ten yrs that never grow till now ?

Slow Down: It is extremely unlikely that anyone can feel their cervical or ovarian cancer symptoms. What are your symptoms specifically? And, no, a reactive lymph node in the neck, is a sign of immune health. It is not a sign of cancer. ...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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Please answer, if one had ovarian cancer, could it metastasis to pelvis and present on pap as cin 1?

Please answer, if one had ovarian cancer, could it metastasis to pelvis and present on pap as cin 1?

Pap and ovarian CA: First just remember a Pap test is only good for finding cervical CA. It doesn't find ovarian or uterine CA. That's why ovarian CA is called the silent CA and uterine CA presents with bleeding. Your abnormal pap is not even at a level where it would be CA yet. Talk to your doctor and ask if the CA cells from the ovarian CA look like the pap. Sounds like u have a new problem. Hang in there! ...Read more

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I've heard that one of the side effects of thyroid meds is ovarian cancer, as well as breast cancer and on the minor scale, hair loss. Is this true?

No: I assume you mean synthroid/levothyroxin for thyroid replacement therapy. This is just a synthetic thyroid hormone for those who cannot make it in their own thyroid. This does not cause cancer. Typically a low functioning thyroid will cause hair loss, not therapy. ...Read more

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Does having breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer in family history increase one's risk of endometriosis?

Does having breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer in family history increase one's risk of endometriosis?

Endo: Having family history of ovarian, colon and uterine cancer specially if these are first degree relatives will put you at risk for cancer not for endometriosis. I would recommend that you talk to your doctor and ask about a brca genetic testing to see if you are a carrier of the gene associated with these types of cancer. ...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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What is my risk for ovarian cancer is I have the brca-1 gene?

What is my risk for ovarian cancer is I have the brca-1 gene?

54 %: Women with a brca1 mutation have a 54% of getting ovarian cancer during their lifetime. This risk can be reduced to less than 5% by having both ovaries removed. ...Read more

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Does circulating IGF-1 increase as a result of ovarian cancer (in other words, does the cancer itself cause the increase in IGF-1)?

Does circulating IGF-1 increase as a result of ovarian cancer (in other words, does the cancer itself cause the increase in IGF-1)?

Yes, it can: I'm not an expert but I have seen some literature to suggest that IGF1 may be one of the markers released by certain ovarian cancer cells, as well as several IGF receptor proteins. It looks as if this might increase the virulence of the cancer. If you are concerned about yourself, ask the doctor who tested you for more guidance. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have stage 2 low grade 1 ovarian cancer after op no macroscopic disease. Onc insist no chemo needed. Is there evidence that it makes a differenc?

I have stage 2 low grade 1 ovarian cancer after op no macroscopic  disease.  Onc insist no chemo needed. Is there evidence that it makes a differenc?

Seek another opinion: There is evidence for chemo after surgery in stage ii ovarian cancer Ella (ulipristal acetate) prevent recurrent disease. There are a few subsets of ovarian ca that may not require chemo but classic path should be treated even if there is no macro disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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