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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 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

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I am 16 years old. I'm very afraid I may have colorectal cancer or ovarian cancer. My symptoms are very similar. Is it too late to treat either?

I am 16 years old. I'm very afraid I may have colorectal cancer or ovarian cancer. My symptoms are very similar. Is it too late to treat either?

Cancer: There are many things that cause diarrhea, pain, and bloating. Particularly at your age, cancer would not be a top consideration, it would be pretty far down on the list. Don't speculate on the worst possible case scenario. See your doctor, he/she will help sort it out. ...Read more

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Free fluid in pod.Is it late to treat aftr 6months?Any serious problem?It causes pain and foul smell discharge.Can it be ovarian cancer?Im 19 yo.

Free fluid in pod.Is it late to treat aftr 6months?Any serious problem?It causes pain and foul smell discharge.Can it be ovarian cancer?Im 19 yo.

Be seen.: It is not too late to be treated. It is unlikely to be ovarian cancer so you can relax. The foul smell , pain, and discharge though warrant being seen and properly treated. ...Read more

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Is missing your period a sign of ovarian cancer? My period is about a week late and this has never happened to me. Can it be caused by ovarian cancer?

Is missing your period a sign of ovarian cancer? My period is about a week late and this has never happened to me. Can it be caused by ovarian cancer?

Check common causes: Pregnancy is the most common cause of a missed period. If not pregnant, other causes of a late or missed period include: excessive weight loss or weight gain, increased exercising, emotional stress, having an illness, traveling, medicines (especially birth control pills), hormonal disorders, etc… a visit to one’s ob-gyn doctor is a good idea if symptoms are persistent, recurring, or worrisome. ...Read more

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It's more than 12 weeks post-surgery for stage 3 ovarian cancer. Is it too late to benefit from chemotherapy?

It's more than 12 weeks post-surgery for stage 3 ovarian cancer.  Is it too late to benefit from chemotherapy?

Unknown: Most oncologists prefer to treat patients with a malignancy like ovarian cancer within 12 weeks from their diagnosis. At 12 weeks post surgery you are right on the edge. However, i think most oncologists would want to treat you because of the nature of ovarian cancer. You should have restaging studies with a ct scan as well. Definitely ask your oncologist, as there are many variable here. ...Read more

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Aunt and grt-grandma (dad's side) died of ovarian cancer. Both post-menopause (aunt 59, ggm late 60s), both had kids in 20s. Heredity or coincidence?

Likely coincidence: Hard to say, but the association is much stronger with first degree relatives (sisters, mothers, etc). Your history does not rule out a hereditary component, so make sure you let your primary care physician know. ...Read more

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28 yr f. 8 + pregnant test. Period 1.5 weeks late. Ov cancer causes false positives? Worried.Do women still get their monthly periods with ovarian cancer?

Not ovarian cancer: Only in very rare cases does ovarian cancer cause a positive pregnancy test. Embryonal cell carcinomas, ovarian choriocarcinomas, mixed germ cell tumors, and some dysgerminomas are the only ovarian cancers that produce HCG (positive pregnancy test). All of these types of tumors comprise less than 5% of all ovarian cancers. Have your local ob/gyn get an ultrasound of your pelvis. ...Read more

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My mom has Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, now taking saraquil for anxiety and walking floors, not helping! how can we give her comfort?

My mom has Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, now taking saraquil  for anxiety and walking floors, not helping! how can we give her comfort?

Hospice care: There are many meds useful for anxiety associated with your mom's diagnoses. A call to a hospice program can link you with a provider that is specialized in managing complex end of life issues focusing on comfort and quality of life. ...Read more

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Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?

Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?

Hospice have : Differing rules and regulations regarding acceptance of patients. It's difficult for u to plead your case against a big institution. Other options for u is to apply for fmla for urself to help with your mom's care or privately hire an LPN or cna for this purpose. God bless u and ur mom! ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A typically silend cancer which ...Read more