Abdominal distention. Good news...Ovarian cancer is very rare. Bad news...Ovarian cancer does not cause any symptoms until the later stages. It is uncommon to diagnose someone with ovarian cancer at an early stage. Most women with ovarian cancer will complain of a decrease in appetite and abdominal bloating or distention. At present there are no good screening tests for ovarian cancer.
Ovarian Cancer. Unfortunately, many ovarian cancers are silent until late in their course. Sometimes, a lower pelvic swelling may indicate a tumor. Certain lab tests, such as ca-125, can be a useful screening tool. Signs of advanced ovarian cancer include fluid accumulation in the abdomen, blood in the urine, unexplained weight loss or gain, or other symptoms associated with spread. It is best to consult your gyn.
Vague symptoms. Ovarian cancer can be a silent disease or produce vague symptoms like bloating, indigestion, poor appetite and general abdominal discomfort or swelling or just plane heaviness. Any such symptoms should raise the suspicion to require a visit with a gynecologist for a check up with pelvic exam and other tests to confirm if there is any suspicion in first exams.
Usually vague. Symptoms are vague and ill defined especially for early stages. However, some symptoms that may be associated with ovarian cancer include: bloating, increased abdominal size, urinary urgency or frequency, difficulty eating or feeling full, and abdominal or pelvic pain. These symptoms do not mean that you have ovarian cancer but you should be evaluated by a doctor.
Ovarian Cancer Sx. Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating pelvic discomfort or pain persistent indigestion, gas or nausea changes in bowel habits, such as constipation changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate loss of appetite or quickly feeling full increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist a persistent lack of energy low back pain.
Ovarian cancer. The four most common symptoms of early ovarian cancer are pain, bloating, feeling full when trying to eat (satiety), and urinary changes.
See a doctor. You need serious medical evaluation of your concern.
Bloating. Bloating, pelvic pain, loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, menstrual abnormalities are common symptoms of ovarian cancer. The most accurate screening test for women without symptoms is your annual gyn exam.
Difficult. Early stage ovarian cancer is usually without symptoms. Advanced stage disease symptoms are nonspecific and difficult to seperate from abdominal symptoms. These symptoms include abdominal/pelvic pain, bloating, change in bowel habits, fatigue, and urinary issues. If you have a positive family history for either ovarian or breast cancer talk to your primary care about possible genetic testing.
It can be silent. Usually there are many vague abdominal and pelvic symptoms which range from pain, indigestion to abdominal bloating. Late symptoms include fluid colelction in the belly.
Often none. One of the reasons that ovarian cancer has such a poor prognosis overall is that it usually does not cause symptoms and thus is not found until it has become fairly advanced and more difficult to treat. While it can cause vague spyoma as described most cases are asymptomatic until its had a chance to progress. If you have a concern or are at high risk genetically, talk to your md about screening.
Non Specific symptom. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific. They often mimic other common conditions. These may include: abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating, pelvic discomfort or pain, persistent indigestion, gas or nausea, changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate, loss of appetite or quickly feeling full, and low back pain.
Not very likely. Cough is rarely the only symptom of ovarian cancer. Most patients will have symptoms of bloating and swelling of the abdomen. Only in late stages can the cancer go to the lungs where it can cause cough and shortness of breath.