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Doctor insights on: What To Expect Late Stage Ovarian Cancer

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What is meant by end stage ovarian cancer?

What is meant by end stage ovarian cancer?

Not curable: Typically when someone refers to end stage they are describing a case that is not curable. Most of the time these are patients who have developed disease that has spread to parts of the body outside of where the cancer originally developed (i.e. Metastasis). ...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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What is best study for advanced stage ovarian cancer that is metistatic?

Study for what?: Are you trying to decide if you have advanced ovarian cancer or want to monitor it? There are no good screening tests but if you are suspicious of a problem, or at high risk, a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound and ca-125 blood test are used for screening. A cat scan can be helpful if there are strong suspicions (abdom bloating, palpable mass, elevated ca-125). Send more info. ...Read more

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Once you experience the symptoms of ovarian cancer, it's already in the advanced stage?

Once you experience the symptoms of ovarian cancer, it's already in the advanced stage?

Not necessarily.: It is true that ovarian cancer can frequently progress significantly before any symptoms are experienced. However, a significant proportion of patients can feel abdominal fullness/bloating, urinary urgency, and/or abdominal pain. One difficulty in using these symptoms to diagnose ovarian cancer is that they are not very specific to this disease. ...Read more

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I'm 34 and 4 years ago i had all the tests for ovarian cancer it was negative. I now have all the symptoms, could i be in the late stages of it now?

I'm 34 and 4 years ago i had all the tests for ovarian cancer it was negative. I now have all the symptoms, could i be in the late stages of it now?

You can not be so su: If you have symptoms, then an examination by your doctor is the first step. Only if he/she suspect something on an examination will they order imaging studies with an ultrasonogram or ct scans which can easily show the status of your ovaries. I would not get so anxious right away when your previous testing has been unremarkable. It may simply be fear/ worry of the unknown. Your doctor can help. ...Read more

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My grandmother may have very advanced ovarian cancer, tests are coming back today. Is ovarian cancer hereditary?

My grandmother may have very advanced ovarian cancer, tests are coming back today. Is ovarian cancer hereditary?

There incresed risk: There is genetic predisposition but most ovarian cancers are not heriditary.If she has brac1;brac2also hnpcc gene.There is increased risk of ovarian cancer if you a menber of your immediate family has ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes: Common for ovarian cancer to develop quickly. However, ovarian cancer is uncommon and is especially uncommon in a 22 year old. There could be other concerning diagnoses. Go see a doctor, but don't stress to much about ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Is ovarian cancer only detectable by pelvic exam after it has advanced?

Imaging/tissue too: Physical exam and imaging such as ultrasound or ct are helpful in confirming the presence of a mass. Generally the diagnosis requires a surgical procedure to obtain tissue samples to confirm cancer. ...Read more

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Mom has advanced ovarian cancer and just wants to have pain relief. How can we prepare?

Talk to doctor: You should be proactive in having her discuss this with her oncologist. Her pain should be manageable but if it seems to be difficult then consultation with a pain management specialist might be in order. ...Read more

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What foods will help my mom who is starting treatment for advanced ovarian cancer?

What foods will help my mom who is starting treatment for advanced ovarian cancer?

Balanced diet/vitami: A well balanced diet rich in protein and fruits&vegetables, lean cut meats and suuplement with vitamins. ...Read more

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