Fallopian tube cancer symptoms can be neglected or taken for other medical conditions at early stages of development. The fact it is a rare tumor, most women do not know much about it, or would never expect to be diagnosed with it. But it happens sometimes, in some women. The most common symptoms of cancer of the fallopian tubes include:
Vaginal discharge and bleeding: These are the most common and characteristic symptoms of primary fallopian tube cancer; approximately two out of three patients experience them before diagnosis. The discharge can be white, gray, or yellow. When there is small amount of blood, it can be pale pink with fishy odor associated with infection. Bleeding can last a long period of time if the cancer is not treated.
Abdominal pain: it is estimated that about 50% of patients have lower abdominal pain, which often occurs in the affected side. The pain is usually associated with heaviness and spasmodic colic. Without proper treatment, the condition will be exacerbated with watery vaginal discharge and/or bleeding. These symptoms often accompanied by fever.
Some women tend to take antibiotic to treat these symptoms, thinking they are signs or minor infection. It is not recommended to do so without a doctor recommendation. This can weaken the immune system, thus worsen the situation.
Pelvic mass: as the tumor grows, it can cause tubal expansion or occurrence of a malignant mass, which can be cystic or solid. A tumor mass is present in about 75 percent of women at diagnosis. The more the cancerous growth pushes against the walls of the tube the more pain you will feel. As the cancer continues to grow, it can spread through the fallopian tube walls into the pelvis and stomach areas. It is therefore important to report all warning signs or symptoms to your physician, at earliest time possible, to avoid complications.
Other fallopian tube cancer symptoms will depend on the types of other organs affected by the tumor. More severe problems or complication may occur when the tumor develops at an advanced stage.
Overall, there are many symptoms of fallopian tube cancer, fatigue, vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge, fishy vaginal odor, abdominal pain, pelvic mass, and others. The best way to avoid them is to prevent the cancer in the first place or have enough medical to manage the symptoms in order to prevent serious complications.
But the best way to control any cancer is to undergo a timely treatment, and adopting a healthy lifestyle and diet. Please see the Alternative Treatments section for foods that can help cancer patients.