Ovarian Cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread within the pelvis and abdomen. Early-stage ovarian cancer rarely causes any symptoms. The advanced stage cancer causes symptoms such as abdominal pain, swelling and bloating along with weight loss, pelvic discomfort and changes in bowel movements.
HOW IS OVARIAN CANCER DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done by a general physician who would examine these symptoms and also do an ultrasound followed with biopsy.
HOW IS OVARIAN CANCER TREATED?
Treatment usually includes the removal of either one or more of the ovaries. In rare cases, the entire fallopian tube may also have to be removed. However, post the ovary removal, chemo and radiation therapy is continued because of restricting the cancer cells and preventing a relapse. Also, if not treated on time, there is a chance of the cancer spreading to the uterus.
DID YOU KNOW?
Around 22,000 Americans are diagnosed with ovarian cancer yearly. In many cases, early stages of ovarian cancer do not present any symptoms. Although the precise causes are not known, there some known risk factors for ovarian cancer