Ovarian cancer: A Silent Killer in Women

ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is amongst the deadliest silent killer in women as it’s symptoms does not appear in early stage. It ranks 5th in cancer deaths among women and causes more deaths than any other women cancer types. In most of the cases, it is discovered after spreading within pelvis and abdomen. At this stage, it is very difficult to treat ovarian cancer.

Women with age higher than 50 years or women with family history of ovarian cancer are at higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.  Most of the cases of ovarian cancer occur when she already gone through menopause.

Let’s see some facts about ovarian cancer:

  1. The death rate in women due to ovarian cancer is more than that of combined rate of cervical and uterine cancer.
  2. It accounts only 3% of all women cancer types but causes more deaths.
  3. Risk of developing ovarian cancer for a women during her lifetime is about 1 in 78 and risk of dying due to ovarian cancer is 1 in 108.
  4. In majority cases, it is detected in it’s advanced stage, also it can reoccur and the survival rate is poorer than other cancers.
  5. However, it develops slowly over time and completely curable in it’s earlier stages.

Commonly Missed Signs of Ovarian Cancer are –

  1. Swollen or Bloated Abdomen
  2. Persistent Pain in the Abdomen or Pelvis
  3. Feeling Full or Difficulty Eating as cancer disrupts the hormones controlling metabolism.
  4. Urinary Problems like increased urination
  5. Change in Bowel Movements or constipation or diarrhoea
  6. Spotting Between Periods

It is advised that, women having symptoms of ovarian cancer should regularly council with cancer specialist. So that it can be detected in early stage and treated. Awareness and education about ovarian cancer can reduce the death rate.

Ovarian cancer screening tests:

Precaution is always better than cure. Screening tests help to detect ovarian cancer in early stage. There are 2 type of screening tests available to detect ovarian cancer, which are as follows.

  1. TVUS (transvaginal ultrasound):

    In this screening test ultrasound waves are passed through vagina with the help of ultrasound wand to observe uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. It can detect tumour developed in ovaries but can’t identify whether it is cancer or not.

  2. CA-125 blood test:

    This screening test is useful for measuring the amount of a protein called CA-125 present in the blood. It is observed that, women with ovarian cancer have high levels of CA-125. But women with high levels of CA – 125 does not mean that she is having ovarian cancer. It may be caused due to common conditions such as endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease. Also, sometimes women with ovarian cancer does not have high CA-125 level. Therefore, doctor might repeat the test to ensure the results and may consider ordering a transvaginal ultrasound test.

Book appointment and Schedule your screening with Prolife Cancer Center to lower the risk.

Ovarian cancer treatment:

If the cancer is detected through screening tests, women should contact cancer specialist and ask for treatment procedure. He will help in better way.

Ovarian cancer treatment options available at Prolife Cancer Centre

Your ovarian cancer treatment at Prolife may include one or more of the following therapies:

  1. Primary Debulking Surgery

Surgery is the most usual treatment for ovarian cancer, especially if it has not developed. As for many cancers, surgery for ovarian cancer is most successful when done by a surgeon with a great deal of knowledge in the procedure.

  1. Chemotherapy

Prolife offers the most up-to-date and effective chemotherapy choices for ovarian cancer. Drugs are given by mouth or intravenously

Prolife offers unique options for the treatment of ovarian cancer. Our globally renowned team of cancer specialists offers you best effective treatment for the most benefit while reducing the impact on your body. We offer the best Laparoscopic surgery treatment for ovarian cancer also chemotherapy and targeted therapy options. Dr. Sumit Shah, cancer specialist and laparoscopic cancer surgeon at Prolife provides most advanced ovarian cancer treatment. He always put efforts to provide cancer treatment with minimal pain.