Is ovarian cancer always a tumour?

Yes. Cancer is by definition a tumor, even when there is no mass (as in leukemia). Many tumors are benign, i.e., not cancer.

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I've had a tumor marker test which is 45. The test was for ovarian cancer. Could I have cancer?

Yes. Anybody can have cancer. The basis of diagnosis is the history, physical exam, and rational screening. I do not know what blood work you had, or whether the marker was above reference range or not. This question needs to be brought by you to, and answered by, your personal physician. I'm glad you're taking a proactive approach and wish you good luck on follow-up. Read more...

Is it really true you cannot detect ovarian cancer with ultrasound? I heard of someone who had one and it found tumor.

NO. It is not true, it is easy relatively inexpensive safe test , with no radiation exposure. Read more...
Ultrasound helps. Diagnosis needs biopsy/resection of the lesion and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. Ultrasound can reveal a mass in the ovary, that would prompt biopsy/resection. Thus ultrasound helps in making the diagnosis. Read more...
Untrue. A good pelvic ultrasound by an experienced ultrasonographer with up to date equipment should be able to detect most ovarian cancers unless it is extremely small. Laparoscopy would be suggested if a cancer is suspected, therby the ovaries can be carfully inspected. Final diagnosis depends upon a pathological tissue diagnosis. Read more...

My mother has stage 14 ovarian cancer. She refused chemo and has a new tumor. She has ascities and can't walk. Will she live 6 months?

Probably not. Aggressive untreated ovarian cancer leads to short survival. People with what is termed a poor performance status (inability to walk, etc.) have very short survival rates. Read more...
Probably not. End stages of ovarian cancer are usually accompanied by ascities. The fluid buildup in the abdomen can be very uncomfortable as well as eventually restricting breathing and other bodily functions. Besides the visible tumors that your mother has there is likely a large tumor burden in the abdomen. The prognosis, unfortunately, is poor. Read more...

If I do not do any treatment for my ovarian cancer for six months is that a problem? I would like to go on vacation and would be away for six months but my tumor has double in size from 11 months ago.

Cancer needs Tx. This would not be a wise choice, and could have truly dire consequences. If you want to treat your cancer, you need to do it now. Waiting six months would be a very bad idea, and again, could have dire consequences. Please don't do this. Read more...

Is Monitoring of Stage 1a high grade serous ovarian cancer okay given hysterectomy was done, tumor limited to single intact ovary?

Great! It is very unusual to find ovarian cancer at such an early stage so this is great. Follow the recommendations of your oncologist regarding further care since your oncologist is best able to weight your overall health and the risks/ side-effects of observation vs. additional treatment. Best wishes. Read more...