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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. 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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How can my doctor diagnose ovarian cancer?

How can my doctor diagnose ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer test: The best initial test for someone with symptoms of ovarian cancer (bloating, gastrointestinal changes, abdominal pain, urinary symptoms) is a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound. This test can alert the doctor to the possibility of ovarian cancer. However, the only definitive way to make a diagnosis is with surgery. There is no effective screening test yet for women without symptoms. ...Read more

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Hai Doctor Is ovarian cancer curable at 3rd stage ?

Hai Doctor Is ovarian cancer curable at 3rd stage
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Varies: According to the American Cancer Society, 5 year survival rate for ovarian cancer varies depending on the type of cancer. The rates can very from 39% to 87%. So, the best person to answer this question would be the treating oncologist. ...Read more

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Is there a way that doctors diagnose ovarian cancer?

Is there a way that doctors diagnose ovarian cancer?

Yes. Biopsy. : Doctors look for ovarian cancer with tests such as pelvic exams, ultrasounds, or a blood test called ca-125. Unfortunately, though, these tests can miss cancers or be positive when there actually is no cancer (false positive). The final diagnosis, then, needs to be made by looking at pieces of the ovary in question under a microscope - this is called a biopsy. ...Read more

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How can doctors distinguish between cervical and ovarian cancer?

How can doctors distinguish between cervical and ovarian cancer?

Location and path.: The cervix and the ovary are two different structures, so the location of the cancer is usually different. Also, the cancer cells look different under the microscope. A pathologist who specializes in looking at cells will look at the pieces of tissue and apply special stains to tell where the cancer came from. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does ovarian cancer look like on ultrasounds?

Hello doctors, what does ovarian cancer look like on ultrasounds?

Mass or cystic mass: Ultrasound, done though the abdominal wall and transvaginally is used to examine the size shape and other characteristics of ovaries. Cancer may present as a mass in the ovary or a cyst or a combination of the two. Definitive diagnosis requires examination of suspect tissue by a pathologist. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...Read more

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What do doctors look for in an ovarian cancer blood test?

What do doctors look for in an ovarian cancer blood test?

CA-125,OVA1BRCA1&2: The test are not for screening patients but for risk indicators ca-125 ova1 brca1 brca2 ova1s used for early prediction of ovarian cancer.It is helpful in predicting if ovarian tumor is malignant before starting any treatment. ...Read more

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My doc thinks I have ovarian cancer. Who should do the surgery?

My doc thinks I have ovarian cancer. Who should do the surgery?

Ovarian cancer: Ovarian cancer is treated by a gynecologic oncologist. It is best treated by cytoreductive or staging surgery followed by chemotherapy in most cases. ...Read more

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What tests may my doctor do if they suspect I have ovarian cancer?

What tests may my doctor do if they suspect I have ovarian cancer?

Depends: At 25 years of age, of course it would be very unlikely for you to have cancer. More common than typical ovarian cancer at your age would be sex-cord stromal tumor or germ cell tumors. Markers for these would be: estradiol, testosterone, hcg, afp, ldh. Ca-125 is the tumor marker for the common ovarian cancers that occur with older women. An ultrasound, ct scan or MRI might be ordered as well. ...Read more

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If I had ovarian cancer, would it be bad to wait two weeks before I went and saw a doctor?

Why do you think: you have ovarian cancer? Ovarian cancer is rarely seen in women less than 40. It also has very few symptoms, so why do you think you have it? And if you do have cancer, waiting to diagnose and treat is never good. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cancer , I had surgery and chemo. It was only clear for a month and came back. What happens now , doctors say the can't cure it?

Assemble your team: Getting such bad news has to be overwhelming. There is always hope. You should get your team (family, doctors, friends, clergy, etc) and set goals that are realistic and achievable. Work toward these goals, changing them when necessary as you travel on your journey. ...Read more

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Does a pelvic test doctor fell ovarian cancer or does it sees?

Hard to tell from...: Your question. Pelvic physical exam may be able to feel abnormal ovaries, but not diagnostic of cancer. Pelvic sono takes sound wave picture of ovaries and can give better picture (especially in overweight or obese women where ovaries can't usually be felt on physical exam). Sono may find suspicious ovaries, direct further testing, e.g. Biopsy. ...Read more

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Can you ask a primary care doctor to test you for ovarian cancer?

Can you ask a primary care doctor to test you for ovarian cancer?

No good test: There is no good test to screen for ovarian cancer. Follow up with your gynecologist in regular basis and discuss in detail with your gynecologist and primary care doctor if you have any concerning symptom. ...Read more

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If my mother had ovarian cancer when she conceived me is there a chance she could of passed on to me without doctors being able to diagnose me?

NO: But you may have slightly higher incidence compared to normal population, some rare ovarian cancers are genetically inherited you need to see your gyn doctor regularly. ...Read more

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Can doctors do blood tests to see if you carry the ovarian cancer gene?

Can doctors do blood tests to see if you carry the ovarian cancer gene?

No one gene: A number of genetic anomalies increase the risk of ovarian cancer but there is not a single or even a set of tests, that would be useful in isolation. You may wish to discuss your family history with your doctor to see if a genetic test is warranted. ...Read more

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Is there any screening test that my doctor can order to check if I have ovarian cancer and catch it early?

Is there any screening test that my doctor can order to check if I have ovarian cancer and catch it early?

A good test? No: Unfortunately, there is not good early screening test for ovarian cancer. If u happen to have a strong family history of the disease, it might be worthwhile to do a genetic test. 1 ovary test ca-125, is good for following a know ovarian cancer, but as a screening test, it doesn't pan out as a good test. A pelvic exam, and an ultrasound can be done also, but they are not good at early detection. ...Read more

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I have pcos. My doctor told me that with pcos there is an almost certain chance i will get ovarian cancer. Is this true? What can I do?

I have pcos. My doctor told me that with pcos there is an almost certain chance i will get ovarian cancer. Is this true? What can I do?

Not true: There is no such prediction that i kniow off. I know that the risk is no where close to 100%. I would not worry about it. Yet make life style changes because there are risks, other than cancer, which are more common in folks with pcos. So you should eat healthy(low fat, high protein diet) and get your weight down close to normal by doing daily walking/exercise as much as possible. This will help y. ...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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Stage 3c ovarian cancer in 2011 done several chemo drugs now in liver and have colostomy doc says if no more chemo qual of life 6 mo fair assessment?

Stage 3c ovarian cancer in 2011 done several chemo drugs now in liver and have colostomy doc says if no more chemo qual of life 6 mo fair assessment?

Doc may be right: I can not fully answer your question without knowing which chemotherapy drugs have been used(we have 5-6 good drugs for ovarian cancer). But once the cancer becomes resistant to all drugs then life is short...Usually a matter of months than years. But you can get a second opinion from another oncologist if you want to be absolutely certain. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Hospice (Definition)

All hospices deliver a similar set of services. They include nursing, assistance with caregivers on a limited basis, chaplaincy, bereavement counseling, social worker and physician care (medical director in many cases). You are covered for many services and this includes medications related to your terminal diagnosis. The hospice team is there to help you transition in the ...Read more


Dr. Lynne Weixel
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End Of Life Care (Definition)

Care that is palliative, ie symptom support , but no treatment of ...Read more