Along with uterine cancer, Ovarian Cancer remains to be one of the most common forms of cancer that affects women, especially dose reaching menopause. Symptoms of this cancer form include irregular menses, heavier bleeding than usual, stones or tumours in the ovarian, pain accompanied with bleeding at random times, etc.
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 for ovarian cancer consists of surgery, chemotherapy, a combination of surgery with chemotherapy, and, sometimes, radiotherapy. Hormone therapy may be added to the treatment plan in order to prevent estrogen from reaching the cancer cells. Cutting off its supply of estrogen slows cancer cell's growth. Radiation is less often used in ovarian cancer treatment - it is not generally considered effective. It may be used if there are small traces of cancer in the reproductive system, or to treat the symptoms of advanced cancer.
DID YOU KNOW?
Early-stage ovarian cancer, in which the disease is confined to the ovary, is more likely to be treated successfully.