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What can you tell me about ovarian and breat cancer with ascites?

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Dr. Steven Vasilev
Gynecology - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: All possibly related

Ascites can be non cancer related, for example with liver disease.
However, if malignant cells have been found in the fluid, it is often related to ovarian cancer. A good cytologist can generally tell if it it gynecologic, or specifically ovarian. However, breast cancer can spread to the abdominal cavity and to the ovaries and also cause ascites. In any case, breast & ovarian cancer are related

In brief: All possibly related

Ascites can be non cancer related, for example with liver disease.
However, if malignant cells have been found in the fluid, it is often related to ovarian cancer. A good cytologist can generally tell if it it gynecologic, or specifically ovarian. However, breast cancer can spread to the abdominal cavity and to the ovaries and also cause ascites. In any case, breast & ovarian cancer are related
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care

In brief: Which one? Or both?

Ascites implies fluid in the abdomen and is probably seen more in ovarian cancer than breast cancer.
Still, the two cancers can be associated and sometimes one can spread to the other. Either way ascites is not a very good sign in that it usually implies the cancer has spread all over the abdomen. Are you asking for you or for a loved one ? Make sure you ask your oncologist to explain EXACTLY

In brief: Which one? Or both?

Ascites implies fluid in the abdomen and is probably seen more in ovarian cancer than breast cancer.
Still, the two cancers can be associated and sometimes one can spread to the other. Either way ascites is not a very good sign in that it usually implies the cancer has spread all over the abdomen. Are you asking for you or for a loved one ? Make sure you ask your oncologist to explain EXACTLY
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