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Ovarian Cancer

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Description

There are many types of ovarian cancer, and cure and treatment success depends on how early ovarian cancer is detected. Ninety-five percent of women will live longer than five years, if ovarian cancer is detected before it has spread beyond the ovaries. Presently, only 25% of ovarian cancer cases in the U.S. are diagnosed in the early stages, because there is no simple screening test for ovarian cancer. Also, once symptoms develop and a woman seeks medical care, the cancer is often advanced. In advanced stages, 5-year survival rates drop to 28%. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women.


Symptoms

  • None in the early stages
  • Family history of ovarian cancer should alert a woman that she should be followed closely.
  • Abdominal pressure or bloating
  • Changes in bowel or bladder patterns
  • Nausea, feeling full early when eating, constipation, and gas
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Bowel obstruction



    Diagnosis

  • Pelvic examination reveals an enlarged ovary
  • Ultrasound
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Blood tests (CA-125, CEA)
  • Laparoscopy
  • Exploratory laparotomy



    Treatment

  • Surgery to remove all visible cancer and involved structures
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Supportive care


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