Ovarian Cancer - The Definite Guide

Published: 14th April 2010
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This type of cancer in a woman's reproductive organ is still one of the deadliest diseases of women today. Specialists express displeasure of vague signs in women who subject themselves to various physical and laboratory examination when they feel different symptoms of ovarian cancer but can also be attributable to other diseases such as gastroenteritis, ulcer, or colon cancer inasmuch as the symptoms are the same for ovarian cancer.

Doctors are having difficulty to identify if the symptoms are of ovarian cancer. Gynecologists in many cases suggest pelvic examination to detect if there are cancer cells present. Vigilance and being proactive with disease is having a medical and physical check if symptoms of ovarian cancer persist for more than two weeks. Causes of ovarian cancer can be: age, family history, ethnicity, diet, talc and asbestos, childbirth history, history of breast and colon cancer, and hormone, ovarian cyst, therapy of replacement and others more.

Patients who are found positive may choose different types of ovarian cancer treatments One of the ways to cure the disease is by surgical treatment which is done by removing the organ presenting cancer cells Surgical treatment is like shooting two birds at a time for a doctor because while doing surgery, he can also perform staging of cancer, that is, determining the scope of spread of the disease and labeling the extent in different stages.

These are the ovarian cancer stages: Stage l positive spread of cancer cells are only within the ovaries. 2º stage means that cancer cells are present in both ovaries and other nearby organs. Third stage shows that cancer cells have already occupied areas outside the pelvis and are growing in outside the abdomen. Tumor growth is easily seen through the laboratory examination. 4º stage means that ovarian cancer is hard to control and already spreaded to most organs such as lungs and liver. After surgery and staging, the doctor may recommend another kind of treatment depending on the result of the staging and surgical operation. When surgery result shows that it did not totally get rid of or remove tissues or organs positive with cancer cells, the doctor usually recommends, the oncologist might suggests one more round of treatment to diminish the cells with cancer remained in the other organs of the body.

Chemotherapy is usually done after surgery when cancer cells are still present in other organs .These type of treatment demand the use of a great number of effective drugs in combination to be supervised orally or injected directly to the person's bloodstream. What is positive in this treatment is that, a patient can still do her routine job. Any woman doesn't have to stop working while undergoing treatment. It is happy to note that majority of cancer patients survive the disease through chemotherapy treatment.

While other ovarian cancer patients opt to be treated with chemotherapy, a doctor may also recommend radiation therapy. Some patients who is who are stricken with ovarian cancer may also have the option to use radiotherapy as treatment of the disease. Radiation therapy may be the last option for cancer patients.

An ovarian cancer sufferer and its presence may not be readily felt. It is best for women to sit down and take a look at what kind of lifestyle and diet she may have during the past years. Recent studies show that women rich and highly developed countries are more susceptible to develop ovarian cancer because the food they eat contain more fats. Late detection of the disease can contribute largely to high susceptibility to the disease. Gynecologists may sometimes diagnose the sickness not as cancer because the symptoms are not different from other common diseases such as ulcer and diarrhea. There is not doubt that clean living wholesome lifestyle, moderation in everything may help women minimize the risk of acquiring this dreaded disease.

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