Ovarian Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Options
cancer is one of the top ten deadliest cancers in the US. However
if the disease is caught in the early stages, there is an excellent chance to cure it or at least control it for
many years to come. So it is very important to be aware of key
ovarian cancer symptoms.
cancer originates in the tissues of the ovary. It may start in the
cells which are located on the surface of the ovaries. This is
called epithelial ovarian cancer. Or it can start in the egg cells
directly and results in a germ cell tumor. The cause of this
disease is not known but the risk of contracting it is greater for women who are older and those who have a
close family history of the disease.
It used to be
thought that this disease was a silent killer because the symptoms were not very obvious or
pronounced. However if you pay attention to the symptoms below you
have a good chance of identifying the disease in its early stages and achieve a full recovery. So here are some important symptoms to watch for:
or discomfort in the abdomen – This is the most common symptom for ovarian cancer. The patient may feel constant pain in the stomach, colon, liver, gallbladder, or
pancreas which can range from mild to severe. The only problem with
this symptom is that it can be caused by many other things.
Pelvic pain is a
common symptom for ovarian cancer as well. Be aware of this and keep
in mind that it can be due to other factors such as the way you sit.
between periods – If vaginal bleeding occurs before or after the regular menstrual cycle, this should be looked
into further. It is especially important for women who have already
gone through menopause.
Nausea is a
common symptom of this disease. However it is also associated with
many other illnesses or even something you ate. So be alert to it but
keep in mind some other factors which may be at work.
This condition makes it difficult to move your bowels. If/when it does
occur the stool is generally dry and hard. These symptoms may also be
the result of many other things but it is important to note it with your doctor for further
of appetite – People who are suffering from ovarian cancer may have little desire to eat. If this continues for more than a few days then further review is
intercourse – This condition may result from ovarian cancer and causes the woman to have discomfort during
Fatigue – A lack
of energy is a common symptom of this disease. If you are feeling very
sluggish or tired for no real reason, further investigation should be made.
menstrual cycle – Any changes in a women’s menstrual cycle can be indicative of a problem related to ovarian
cancer. However this problem can be attributed to many other factors
so it’s important investigate the cause carefully.