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What To Expect In Last Days Of 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
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
In stage 4 ovarian cancer, what does it usually mean if your ca-125 goes from 600 to 222 then back up to 350?
What is the survival rate for someone with stage 4 ovarian cancer that has spread to the brain, when she is 84?
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
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
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 outside 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
No : The stage does not change technically after the initial diagnosis. You would be a stage 3c with metastic disease. ...Read more
My period normally lasts 5 days. I'm now on day 10 with light flow and starting to get concerned. I had ovarian cancer 10 yrs ago and 1 ov. Removed.?
I am worried I had a light period last month now 34 days later no period iam not pregnant my husband has had a vasectomy could this be ovarian cancer my periods are usually every 21 to 28 days?
Don't panic : First, make sure you're not pregnant. Not all vasectomies are permanent. If not pregnant, I'm not an OB/GYN, but I would think hormonal imbalance or early menopause would be more likely than CA (depending on your overall health or family history), but I would definitely check in with your PCP. Good luck. ...Read more
32 yo- periods nml 7 days & heavy. Last 2 were light and 3-5 days. Preg neg- pelvic exam & pap 1 mo ago nml. CT of ab &pelvis nml 2 mos ago. Should I be worried? Could this be ovarian cancer or uterine cancer? What should I do?
Being obsessed about cancer is not helpful. Take oral iron and vitamins to prevent anemia from heavy periods.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Ultrasound last august was fine feel symptoms of ovarian cancer now. From experience, have you seen ovarian cancer develop to late stages in this span?
I completed chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. No cancer was detected in followup tests. Am i still at risk for cancer? #nqlu my chemotherapy started last sept. And ended in early jan. Last nov., I had surgery (hysterectomy). I have since had clean reading
Yes, you are.: You are always at a risk of your cancer returning. The higher your stage, the higher the risk. The goal of chemotherapy is to kill any cells that were not removed by surgery. Hopefully that worked and got every last cancer cell, but ovarian cancer has a nasty tendency to come back. Go here for the statistics: http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/ovary.html ...Read more
Is it possible to develop benign ovarian cysts after the last round of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer?
I have had my period 3 times in the last 6 weeks is this normal? Had biopsy 6 months ago for ovarian cancer. Is this related maybe?
Irergular periods : Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. This is not related to a biopsy. Are you sure it was to rule out ovarian cancer? That does not sound right. ...Read more
No: Unless ovarian cancer is associated with metastatic disease to bowel causing intermittent intestinal obstruction, this lesion is usually painless. The tumor when it metastasizes goes to omentum and produces ascites where the belly first fills with fluid. Stomach aches are usually associated with gastric problems and may be controlled with antacids or acid inhibitors like Prilosec. ...Read more
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 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
I had a hysterectomy last year aged 29. Gyn left a cyst on ovary said it shall disappear. I have all symptoms for ovarian cancer should I be concerned?
Ultrasound: If you are concerned about the presence of the cyst the Gynecologist saw at the hysterectomy, you can get an ultrasound done to check for the presence or absence of the cyst. Do you have family history of ovarian cancer? You are too young to get your ovaries removed. Surgical menopause at this young age is not recommended. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and can be from colon or stomach too. ...Read more
I am 34 years old. I have mid cycle pain that lasts until i mensturate. The pain is around my left ovary and frequent urination. Afraid ovarian cancer?
I got a tube ligation last year and I haven't gotten my period in 2 months 2 weeks and 2 days and I have ovarian cancer symptoms I'm 30 is it possib?
It is possible: There could be many causes of amenorrhea (no periods) and pelvic pain. It is possible to have premature menopause (menopause at less than 35 years old). When you had your tubal ligation, the ovaries would have been visualized and most likely appeared normal. Your pain may be due to adhesions from the tubal (abnormal scarring). ...Read more
I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 2 last year. I had persistent cough this month and had a xray it showed that there is ipsilateral effusion?
Need more testing: The fluid should be drained (if big enough) and sent for laboratory and pathologic analysis to determine its nature. You will also need restating ct scans and recheck tumor markers (ca 125). ...Read more
Is it safe to use the hCG diet? I am a case of ovarian cancer stage 3, had total hysterectomy and 6 cycles chemo last 2007. I'm 5 feet tall, 67 kilos.
Yes: I will probably take heat for this but I am one of those doctors that believes in the HCG diet. I've not seen any patient have trouble or deleterious health effects from this weight loss. If followed, weight loss does occur. Most gain their weight back afterwards because they don't follow a maintenance plan for the 3 weeks after finishing hcg. If you do, the weight stays off. ...Read more
Mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 2 years ago she did was undergone a total hysterectomy followed by many cessions of chemotherapy. The last report for her MRI shows a newly discovered minimal ascetic fluid. Last ca 125 was 250?
Ask your Question, p: If you need help, let us know what question you have? Is your mother under the care of an Oncologist or not? Let us know your specific questions. ...Read more
28 with PCOS on mini pill with new baby. Twinges of pain in left ovary. Constipation last month, better now. Worried about ovarian cancer. Mom had 37.
Does a normal transvaginal ultrasound result rule out ovarian cancer? I have PCOS and terrible gas and bloating, aunt had ovarian cancer last year
US is good test: The transvaginal US is a good test for looking at the ovaries. If there were a mass there they should be able to see it on the US. If you have ovarian cancer in your family and you are concerned, you could ask your doctor to order a CA-125 blood test. This test is elevated in ovarian cancer. ...Read more
What can cause pain in both ovaries and back pain constant for 2 days. Could it be ovarian cancer?
I used talcum powder after getting Brazilian wax a few times- they put it on after wax and then use for few days. Am I now at risk of ovarian cancer?
Chronic use, yes: Chronic use of talcum powder in the vaginal area has been shown to increase the likelihood of certain GYN cancers. ...Read more
Daughter is 13&periods aren't regular but it stopped for 4 days then came bac for 11 days + doesn't seem to be slowing down. Start of Ovarian cancer?
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