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Doctor insights on: Unexplained Weight Loss And Ovarian Cancer

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I have every symptom of ovarian cancer. 10 day periods, pain w/ sex , weight loss, bloating, anemia, bad sharp cramps, sore boobs, but i'm only 25?

I have every symptom of ovarian cancer. 10 day periods, pain w/ sex , weight loss, bloating, anemia, bad sharp cramps, sore boobs, but i'm only 25?

Are you sure?: This doesn't sound like ovarian cancer to me. This sounds like you are going on line and trying to diagnose yourself. Go to a doctor and find out what is going on. ...Read more

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Could an ovarian cyst be cancerous, or be a sign to ovarian cancer? Also have massive weight loss, fatigue, lack of appetite. And severe stomach pain.

Could an ovarian cyst be cancerous, or be a sign to ovarian cancer? Also have massive weight loss, fatigue, lack of appetite. And severe stomach pain.

Ovarian cysts: By your symptoms, it sounds like you need to see your gyn doctor. I you are not getting an answer you find acceptable, it is not wrong to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can an ovarian cyst cause high wbc that I have loss appetite And feeling fuller. Really worried about ovarian cancer no other symptoms ?

Can an ovarian cyst cause high wbc that I have loss appetite 
And feeling fuller. Really worried about ovarian cancer no other symptoms ?

Vague symptoms: Ovarian cysts and early ovarian cancer don't generally increase the white count. A Tubo-Ovarian Abcess or Ovarian Torsion can increase the white count but are usually associated with severe pain. Ovarian Cancer is fairly silent initially but then can have vague, non-specific symptoms. See an Gyn yearly and discuss your concerns. Imaging of your ovaries will usually rule-out ovarian cancer. ...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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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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Could I have cervical or ovarian cancer if i haven't had a period in 2 years? I have always struggled with my weight. So I am overweight. Could that hyave something to do with it too. My weight has always fluxuated.

Get checked....: Easy enough to screen for ovarian and cervical cancer, would be unusual if you are less than 30 though. More likely it is due to Insulin resistance syndrome and depressed sex hormone binding globulin (shbg). This would also be the reason you have been struggling with your weight issues. Could also be polycystic ovarian syndrome, pcos, also due to Insulin resistance. ...Read more

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Absent period for 5 months. I think I'm bloated.. but I can still eat and it's not uncomfortable. I have put on some weight. Ovarian cancer possible?

Not likely: See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/basics/risk-factors/con-20028096. You are not at a typical age for this type of cancer. ...Read more

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Unexplained symptoms like ovarian cancer and no diagnosis?

Unexplained symptoms like ovarian cancer and no diagnosis?

Unclear questions: Ovrian cancer usually does not casuse any specific symptoms, at least in early stages. What are your symptoms? What work-up was done for diagnosis? Could the symptoms be due to GI causes? ...Read more

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Worried about ovarian cancer.Severe fatigue 6 mos.8 weeks severe pelvic pain left side.Weight gain.Bloating & gurgling on left side & bladder symptoms.

Worried about ovarian cancer.Severe fatigue 6 mos.8 weeks severe pelvic pain left side.Weight gain.Bloating & gurgling on left side & bladder symptoms.

Ovarian cancer: It sounds like you have been very ill. Ovarian cancer is silent until a later stage. Your symptoms are very concerning. You should call your ob/gyn doctor and get an appointment within the next week. ...Read more

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Unexplained weight loss==is it always cancer or something bad?

Unexplained weight loss==is it always cancer or something bad?

Depends on health.: This is a nonspecific finding that can mean several things. It could be cancer, or diabetes, of infection, or something else. Hyperthyroidism can do it. It also can be due to metabolism pills for weight loss. Other symptoms, and findings can point to a cause. It would be wise to see your doctor to find an explanation. ...Read more

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My dad is experiencing unexplained weight loss despite his cured lung cancer. please suggest how to increase it.his appetite is fine?

My dad is experiencing unexplained weight loss despite his cured lung cancer. please suggest how to increase it.his appetite is fine?

Cancer: You have listed lung cancer with bone metastasis. This is not curable. What treatments did he have? why are you under the impression that he was "cured"? The unexplained or unintentional weight loss is due to cancer (consumption disease) until proven otherwise. Return to your oncologist for workup. ...Read more

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What age it s more possible to get ovarian cancer?

What age it s more possible to get ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The average age of a woman with ovarian cancer in the us is 62-63. In women with a family history, women with brca1 mutations usually get cancer earlier and women with brca2 mutations get ovarian cancer at a later age. ...Read more

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Need help when ovarian cancer recurs, what kind(s) of cancer is it most likely to be?

The same cancer: Recurrence means that it's the same cancer that has come back. While it may come back in a different place in the abdomen-- the cell type is the same regardless even if the ovaries are no longer there. A biopsy will show if the recurrence is consistent with the original cancer. ...Read more

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For a week having pain in right hip sides it hurts to press and feels good laying down feels muscular. Worried it's ovarian cancer had clear u/s sept?

Ovarian cancer worry: This is not ovarian cancer pain unless it has spread everywhere. In that case you would know. Discuss with your team and tell them what your are worried about. ...Read more

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Had a Vag u/s 5 months ago.lately feel crampy with urge to go to bathroom.is it unlikely ovarian cancer since the u/s 5 mo.ago?Yearly exam in 1 week

Ovarian cancer: The time frame for development of clinically recognizable cancer is generally on the order of months to years for most ovarian cancers. Your symptoms could be due to several other things though, so be sure to inform your doctor on the next visit and have them evaluated. ...Read more

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How long can you live with ovarian cancer?

How long can you live with ovarian cancer?

It depends: Ovarian cancer that is caught early enough can be cured with surgery and you can live a normal life. Ovarian cancer that can't be cured can be treated repeatedly. Many women live for years with ovarian cancer with intermittent treatment, but each case is different. This is something you should ask your oncologist to be very honest about. ...Read more

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How long can ovarian cancer be left untreated?

???: Why? Even patients with advanced cancer can be treated successfully for control of symptoms and sometimes do well for over a year. Progressive ovarian cancer can be quite unpleasant so i'm not sure why it would be left untreated. Of course, if the patient has already received multiple chemos, it would be a different situation. To answer your ?, it depends but probably not for long. ...Read more

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Does ovarian cancer have symptoms in its early stages?

Ovarian cancer: In early stages ovarian cancer has no symptoms whatsoever. Thats why is so hard to diagnose it, untill it is really advance.It is a cornerstone for gyn oncologyst which are working really hard to find a screening test for ovarian cancer.The symptoms of fullness, wight loss, bloating appear when cancer spread already to the bowells. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...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