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.
Ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is best diagnosed at the time of surgery by a gynecologic oncologist.

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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...
Ovarian Cancer . Your gynecologist can perform a simple pelvic exam, pelvic ultrasound, other radiologic imaging studies, lab tests, such as ca-125, pap smear, and other diagnostic studies to rule in or out the presence of an early cancer. If you are at all concerned, you should make an appointment and discuss options with your doctor. Read more...
Ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is best diagnosed at the time of surgery by a gynecologic oncologist. A patient suspected of having ovarian cancer is sent to a gyn oncologist. Ovarian cancer is diagnosed by a pathological examination at the time of surgery. The goal of the surgery is to remove all lumps and bumps of disease. Chemotherapy is given if needed. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

A GYN cancer surgeon. Typically ovarian cancer is treated by a ob-gyn doctor who has had extra training in cancer surgery. The slang is gyn-onc. I did my general surgery training at iu in indianapolis many years ago. They should have doctors there who can help you thru their cancer center. Read more...
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...

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...
Cytology or biopsy. Definitive test requires pathology. Suspicion includes abdominal bloating, evidence of ovarian enlargement (physical exam, etc). Symptoms are usually not definitive. If cancer is suspected, depending on where it is thought to be located, biopsy or surgery is needed for proof. The ca125 test is only helpful if there are other signs of ovarian cancer. At 25, it's unlikely you have it. Read more...

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...

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...