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Doctor insights on: Stage 4 Aggressive Ovarian Cancer

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How do I tell my children I have stage 4 ovarian cancer?

How do I tell my children I have stage 4 ovarian cancer?

Be honest.: It's important to be honest with them. Cancer is understandably a shocking and emotionally taxing thing for everyone involved, so keeping everyone on the same page will allow you and your loved ones to support each other through difficult times. Keep them, as well as yourself, informed of all the amazing resources out there to help patients and their families cope with their situation. ...Read more

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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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Can nutrian halt stage 4 ovarian cancer?

Can nutrian halt stage 4 ovarian cancer?

Not sure what: nutrian is. Do you mean nutrition? If so, then no, nutritional changes will not be effective as a primary treatment, although proper nutrition is always advisable to maximize your health potential. ...Read more

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In stage 4 ovarian cancer, what does it usually mean if your ca-125 goes from 600 to 222 then back up to 350?

In stage 4 ovarian cancer, what does it usually mean if your ca-125 goes from 600 to 222 then back up to 350?

Some response: If therapies are changed we look at the ca125 levels to guide the choice of chemotherapy. This would be compatible with a temporary response to type of therapy. ...Read more

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In stage 4 ovarian cancer, what does it mean if after several chemo treatments, if your ca-125 stays same?

Hard to say: If your ca-125 was very elevated to start with, and it's staying the same, that means the ovarian cancer cells aren't growing, which is good! of course you'd feel better if your ca-125 was going down, but that can take some time. If your ca-125 was in the normal range to start with, or only mildly elevated, it might not be an accurate marker for your cancer. How you feel is very important! ...Read more

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My mom has stage 4 ovarian cancer and I have moderate cancer cells on my cervix. Should I opt for hystorectomy? My tubes have been clamped 4 3.5 yrs

My mom has stage 4 ovarian cancer and I have moderate cancer cells on my cervix. Should I opt for hystorectomy? My tubes have been clamped 4 3.5 yrs

Not necessarily: I'm so sorry about your mom. Ovarian cancer is different from cervical cancer. You probably don't need a hysterectomy for your cervix, but please let your doctor know about your mom. Your doctor can explain your abnormal cells and your risk for ovarian cancer. Ask him or her about genetic testing for ovarian cancer. You might choose a hysterectomy for peace of mind in the end--your choice! ...Read more

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When I was diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian cancer the oncocoligist said they should just call it stage iv. Is this true ?

When I was diagnosed with stage  3c ovarian cancer the oncocoligist said they should just call it stage  iv. Is this true ?

Different reason: Your oncologist must have a reason to call it stage IV fromstage iii c. In stage IV the tumor cells are found out side peritoneal( abdominal ) caviety, may be fluid from chest have cancer cells. Ask your oncologist, why it upgraded to IV , you will get the explanation , good luck. ...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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What is my mother in laws survival rate? She has ovarian cancer and found out four months ago, and has not been back to the doctor. We are trying to get her to go back

What is my mother in laws survival rate? She has ovarian cancer and found out four months ago, and has not been back to the doctor. We are trying to get her to go back

A : A little more information would be needed to answer that very important question. First, are we sure it's cancer? If it truly is, the most important predictors of survival are the type of ovarian cancer (there are several), the stage (how far has it spread) and the grade (how many dividing cells are seen under the microscope) of her tumor. Many times, this information is not available until surgery is done and a final tissue report is available. Choosing the correct surgeon is critical, and gynecologic oncologists have the highest success of surgery. Another important predictor is how much cancer is left behind by surgery. Nevertheless, many many many women have been completely cured of ovarian cancer. Even when not cured, women given the best ovarian cancer care may survive for many years with their cancer. Though doctors respect your mother in law's decision to not seek additional care, the consequences of not doing so will be deadly. If she truly has ovarian cancer, and it is not treated, surely this will result in the tumor progressing soon. I recommend that your mother in law seek the care of an experienced gynecologic oncologist to get these questions answered for her, at her earliest opportunity. ...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