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Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer Is It Curable
Stages I - IV.: Stage i ovarian cancer means the cancer is only located in the ovaries. Stage ii is when the cancer has spread to other organs in the pelvis, such as the uterus. Stage iii occurs when the cancer spreads beyond the pelvis to other abdominal organs and lymph nodes. Stage iv, the most advanced stage, means the cancer has spread (metastasized) to distant organs like the lungs or liver. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes, major differenc: Stage 2 ovarian cancer(spread limited to pelvic area only has a much better cure rate(>50%) than with stage-3 Ovarian cancer which means it has spread into the belly). Stage 3 is the most common stage of presentation; this means high mortality rate, yet 25% to 30% of such women can expect to be cured with the proper use of modern chemotherapy combined with debulking surgery. ...Read more
Total hys. In 2005 because of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Now had 2 abnormal paps and scheduled for another in 2 weeks. Also 2 scopes showed nothing.
Why is stage 3 ovarian cancer often considered incurable (though treated with intent to cure)?
In this case, with secondary tumour in bowel
Cure still possible: Stage 3 ovarian cancer has a high risk of mortality but cure is still a possibility in about 30% of the patients treated be a competent onciologist. Did she have surgical removal of her tumors in the belly and those in the intestine? Surgical debulking is an important component of treatment and is complementary to chemotherapy killing off small tumors. ...Read more
Hard to know: Most ovarian cancers are already stage 3 or 4 when they are diagnosed so we really don't know how long it took them to get there. In retrospect, many women have had symptoms for many months before their diagnosis. There may also be an asymptomatic stage that could last for months or even years before the symptoms begin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer