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Ovarian cancer : The silent killer

Thursday, 29 July 2010


Hello,
i would like to greet you all. I hope you all are in the best state of health. That's why we all care about awareness.
Today i will talk about a killer to many women, which is ovarian cancer. This is one of the cancers that threaten women's life because in many cases it is asymptomatic

Let's talk in brief about the "ovaries". The ovaries are glands present on the sides of the uterus. The ovary has 2 functions:
1. To produce hormones (oestrogen and progesterone)
2. During child-bearing period, it releases an egg monthly
After menopause, the ovary ceases to release eggs but continues to produce hormones but at a lower rate
Ovarian cancer occurs when cells in the ovary start to multiply and grow rapidly. 
In many women who have ovarian cancer, there are no symptoms. And if there are symptoms, they are non-specific.
Let me tell you some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer:

- Abdominal discomfort or fullness
- Dyspepsia
- Pelvic pain
- Constipation
- Back pain
Because the symptoms are non-specific, usually patients present when spread has occured. That's why it is a "silent killer"

There are risk factors for ovarian cancer, such as:
Low parity, delayed childbearing, high fat diet.
Genetics can play a role in ovarian cancer. A gene known as BRCA 1 gene is associated with breast - ovarian cancer syndrome

Our goal is to detect ovarian cancer early and that will be by doing a routine yearly pelvic examination in the pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women. Besides a periodic ultrasonography coupled with CA-125 can be used to screen ovarian cancer

Once diagnosed, the treatment options will depend on the type of ovarian cancer present. There are many types of ovarian cancer and each one has it's treatment
At last, i want to thank the fan page's members who are always keen for awareness topics. Thank you everybody

 

33 comments

  1. my mother just passed from this terrible cancer. she was diagnosed in feb 2009 and had no symptoms at all. lets me this SILENT killer very LOUD! lets bring all the awareness that we CAN!

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  2. Iam sorry for her loss. God bless her soul. You are right, we should spread more awareness about this deadly cancer

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  3. Gosh, so sorry to here about your mom. I was diagnosed in March, 2010. I'm just about to finish my chemo treatments and hope to be cancer-free. Mine was caught early, stage 1c, grade 3. While still dangerous, not as bad as it could be. For this, I am grateful. I just hope it stays away.
    Since then, I talk to whomever will listen. If I can save only 1 person, then I will be happy.

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  4. Good luck with your treatment. Always there is hope for cure. You need to believe in that and have the proper treatment.
    I really like your spirit. God bless you

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  5. thank you dr. I lost my wife last month after 13 years when she should have lasted two years. I am raising money at www.ovariancycle.org steve ward in honor of my wife. i am selling shirts and she wrote a book about her experience with cancer. if you would more information contact me at jstevew@verizon.net and thank for posting this

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  6. God bless you and bless her soul
    You welcome

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  7. Lost my adored Mom in 2008 at the young age of 60, from this terrible disease.
    I don't want to be pessimistic but chemo therapy doesn't cure any ovarian cancer and the side effects are devastating.
    Please let's say NO!!!! loud and clear to Big Pharma and YES!!! to REAL research.

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  8. God bless her soul. I agree with you that chemotherapy is not a cure and we need to find the real cure by researching

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  9. Dr. Ahmad,
    Unfortunately the entities that do the research in this country are more interested in profits than in lives, and the government allows it.

    Very sad but true.

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  10. Yes you are true. Unfortunately, medicine has turned to be a profit job rather than a humanitarian one.
    However lets be optimistic and hope for the best

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  11. I love your attitude!
    That's true lets hope for more people to stand up to the big corporations and say ENOUGH!!!! and the true researchers start working for the answers on this terrible disease.

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  12. Thank you for your nice words. I really hope that we will find the cure for it

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  13. I was diagnosed with stage 4 on may 28, 2010, after complaining to my dr since august of 2009 of bloating, fullness, constipation/diareaah, pelvic pain, shortness of breath.. on my first visit to complain she said you're due for a pelvic/pap but the standard now is every other year if all your reports have been ok in the past... so skipped doing that, she ran every test imaginable except ultrasound and a CA125 which she finally did on may 28, it was 13,929...then they did PET scan... belly FULL of cancer with spot on lung... started chemo on 7/2, ca125 has dropped to 2,856, down 11,073 after 2 rounds... i hope this is a good indicator that it's shrinking as i did not opt for that massive debulking surgery unless the chemo is working on the lung cancer as well... i tell every woman and man that will listen to me about the symptoms and the need to press the dr to check for ovarian cancer.... and it your dr won't SEEK OUT A NEW ONE! educate everyone you come in contact with, if it saves one life , thank GOD~

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  14. I appreciate your attitude about sharing your story. I really feel that it is important to inform women about it so that they can early detect it

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  15. My sister was having the symptoms which I heard talked about on our local tv station. I call her and told her to check with her Dr. She lost her job in Jan and has no insurance so hesitated seeing a Dr. and ended up in the hospital with alot of pain. She got diagnosed in July and has a 125 count over 2000. She finally found a cancer center that is taking care of her but she is too sick for the surgery and needs to gain 10lbs. They are giving her chemo for three sessions in hopes of shrinking the tumor. She has PPC. What more can you tell me about PPC

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  16. Hello,
    First, i hope that your sister gets better so that she can undergo the surgery.
    Primary peritoneal cancer is a rare malignant tumour which arises from the peritoneum. It's behaviour and treatment is similar to the commonest ovarian cancer, epithelial ovarian cancer.
    This cancer can be associated with a faulty gene that may also help in forming breast cancer, so you need to ask the doctors whether they have checked for breast cancer or not.
    This cancer has 2 stages:
    1. Stage 3: the cancer is in the peritoneum
    2. Stage 4: the cancer had spread to other organs as lung or liver.
    Treatment may include: surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. According to each case, a treatment plan is put and done.

    I will be glad to clarify any doubt or question that you have.

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  17. I am the oldest of five and my middle sister passed away when she was 7 so my two younger sisters are more like a second family because I was out of the home most of the time they were growing up. No one in my immediate family has had cancer. Can the stage be given without the surgery? Do we still need to check for breast cancer?

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  18. Surgery is not important to do staging. Because stage 4 means spread to other organs, so quick investigations as sonogram on the liver can show whether there is metastasis or not.
    It will be better to ask the doctor whether they have checked for breast cancer or not. This can be done by a simple mammogram check

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  19. How do you feel about alternative medicine in the treatment of cancer? Is it true that chemo can give you other cancers and it states that on the bag?

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  20. If there is enough evidence to prove that it is reliable with no serious side effects, then it is ok to use alternative medicine in treating cancer.
    What do you mean by the bag ? Could you write exactly what is written ?

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  21. My other sister who lost her husband to cancer in 2006 was doing some alternative treatments and she told me that they have you sign a release before giving chemo and that it states on the chemo bag that it can give other cancers. I do not the exact wording

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  22. In fact right now studies are conducted to prove that chemotherapy may cause cancer to spread. I believe that the present chemotherapy and radiation are not an actual treatment but they can worsen the quality of life. But there is no other choice.

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  23. I m also experiencing these symptoms since last 2 yrs.plus i have cycle irregularity.as a medico i feel that there's something wrong.but 3 gyno said that its only follicular cyst.pain is of n on.diarrhoea ,dyspepsia.insomnia,bad dreams.any suggestions?

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  24. Hello,
    Did your gynecologists do an ultasonography and CA-125 ?

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  25. I ve done U.S.G many times.but size of cyst is not changing significantly.its 4*5 cms.i ve not done CA-125.shall i go with it?

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  26. Yes i recommend you check it. How old are you ?

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  27. Im 29 yrs old.married 5 yrs back.have 2 kids.4 n 1n half yr old.both are F.T.N.D.

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  28. Ok. It will be better to test CA-125 to exclude the present of ovarian cancer.
    Although it is non-specific to ovarian cancer but when applied to the findings of ultrasonography, it can give a more clear view.

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  29. Ok.thanx alot.i've also started 2 new blogs.1.homeremedies and 2.helpfromherbs.u can visit n give feedback.

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  30. You welcome. Good luck with your blogs. You have a good start and i left a feedback on the acne post.
    Best wishes

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  31. Thanx alot. Plz ref. Viewers seeking knowledge of herbal medicine. Also go thru new post on helpfromherbs

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  32. Ok I have a 3cm complex cyst on my left ovary the doctors say it has a blood flow to it (don't know how much). Should I be worried about cancer I just went through colposcopies for cervical cells. My symptoms include contipation, bloating everyday out of the week, pain in pelvic and back (sometimes going down my thighs), shooting pains in my vagina, have had pid 7 times in the last 9 months, and breast tenderness. I know that the pid can give you cysts just wondering, cause I've been a little worried about this. I go to the dr tomorrow to get refered to a specialist.

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  33. Is there a family history of ovarian cancer in your family ? If yes, i would suggest that you discuss doing a CA-125 test after discussing it with your doctor. Your symptoms can be due to a pid.
    You should have proper treatment for it.

    Are you sexually active ? If yes, do you have multiple partners ?

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