Ovarian cancer ranks second among gynecologic cancers. Women in industrialized nations are more likely to contract ovarian cancer than are women in non-industrialized countries. With our experience and better understanding of the cancer. We are seeing over 100 months of survival in some of our studies. Ovarian Cancer is the most deadly of cancers in gynecologic malignancies. Cancers are identified where they begin, therefore ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries. The ovaries are also the main source of a woman’s female hormones, estrogen and progesterone.
Most Ovarian Cancers Develop After Menopause and Accounts for Nearly 3% of Cancers Among Women
Factors Linked to Ovarian Cancer Risks & Symptoms Include:
- Obesity after menopause
- Increasing in Age
- Family history of ovarian cancer and other cancers
- BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations
- Early cancers of the ovaries often cause no symptoms
- Cancer can rapidly spread to the surface of nearby organs
- Screening tests and exams are used to detect a disease
- Typical tests – transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS)
- CA-125 blood test
Ovarian cancer starts in the ovaries. The ovaries are the main source of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Early Cancers of the Ovaries Often Cause No Symptoms
When ovarian cancer is found early at a localized stage, about 94% of patients live longer than 5 years after diagnosis.
Ignoring symptoms may allow cancer to progress and lower chances for effective treatment.
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Weight loss
- Feeling full without having eaten very much
- Changes in bowel habits, especially constipation
- Needing to urinate frequently
- Clothes fitting more tightly around the belly
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lower back pain
- Symptoms are typically chronic and get worse over time
It helps to focus on those risk factors you can change or avoid rather than those you cannot.
- Family History (BRCA/HNPCC)
- Personal history of breast cancer
- Early menarche/late menopause
- Reduction if risks: BCP’s, tubal ligation, breastfeeding
Depending on the type and stage of a cancer, you may need more than one type of treatment.
- Multifocal Treatment Solutions — Chemotherapy and Surgery
- Risk Reduction Surgery
- Surgical Debulking
- IP Chemotherapy/Chemotherapy