Posted in: Ovarian Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
What is Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer is a cancer of the woman’s ovaries. One on each side of the uterus, ovaries are connected to it via ligaments. The ovaries are responsible for storage of eggs which are released every month for the purpose of fertilization. It also secretes female sex hormones in the body. The cancer doctors in Mumbai, India says that women who have passed menopause are mostly affected, but younger women can be affected too. The numbers are rising to become of the most common cancers.
Who are at the risk of ovarian cancer?
The factors which increase the risk are:
- Infertility and Obesity
- A family history of ovarian cancer
- The risk increases as you grow older
- Changes in the genes
- Taking oestrogen-only hormone therapy for a long time
The symptoms may not be obvious in the early stage of ovarian cancer. However, some common signs of ovarian cancer are:
- Pelvic and low back pain.
- Continuous unexplained tiredness
- Swelling and bloating in the abdomen
- Changes in bowel habits like constipation
- Increased frequency of urination
- Changes in the menstrual cycle or bleeding after menopause
- Loss of appetite and feeling of sickness
- Pain during sexual intercourse
However, these non-specific symptoms could be due to less serious diseases but if the signs are getting worse, it can indicate ovarian cancer. Since, women do not witness signs in early stages, ovarian cancer is mostly detected in advanced stages.
How is Ovarian Cancer diagnosed?
There are a number of tests which can be used to help diagnose ovarian cancer such as transvaginal ultrasound (which are performed through the vagina), CT Scan, and blood tests. Laproscopy and biopsy may also be done if required.
Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Your doctor can describe your treatment choices and the expected results. Most women have surgery, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. However, before starting treatment, you might want a second opinion about your diagnosis and treatment plan. You and your doctor can work together to develop a treatment plan that meets your medical and personal needs. At Dr Krishna's Cancer Healer Center, a team of best oncologists and cancer doctors in India can help devise a plan based on the type, stage and extent of cancer. The cancer care center uses immunotherapy which is a painless mode of treatment. The treatment can be used alone or in conjunction with other cancer treatments. The doctors also recommend for proper follow-ups to ensure that treatment is giving the expected results and any changes are noted and treated if needed.
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