Ovarian Cancer Blog

The Ovarian Cancer Blog is my mini-journal about Ovarian Cancer. It…

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Ovarian Cysts Cure


Treatment in 3 Simple Steps – A Highly Effective Ovarian Cysts Cure

Have you been diagnosed with ovarian cysts? If so, you are not alone — most women will suffer from this condition at some point over the course of their lives. The good news is that the vast majority of ovarian cysts are benign (non-cancerous).

If you have cysts, however, you are already familiar with the bad news: they are often extremely painful and can be a source of nausea, fatigue, and headaches. Ovarian cysts can cause irregular menstrual cycles and even infertility. If you are experiencing this, I’m here to share a natural ovarian cysts cure.

As a PhD student, I’ve spent years studying the latest research on ovarian cysts, and my website is dedicated to helping women cope with them. Although there are a few common ways of treating cysts using “normal” methods (for example, surgery), and although these can be effective, they are not the only path to healing for women in need of an ovarian cysts cure. Most women suffering from cysts simply aren’t aware of the natural treatments that can eliminate this painful and demoralizing condition.

In the spirit of educating women in [...]Read More

Ovarian Cysts Treatment


In this section, I have reviewed and compared several top Ovarian Cysts treatments.  I have given each of them ratings out of 5 stars. The factors for review mainly consisted of effectiveness of treatment, prevention of recurrence and ease of reading and use. Please read through these reviews and decide which one would work best for you.

Ovarian Cyst Miracle

Ovarian Cyst Miracle is the best home based treatment program I have reviewed.  It is well written, easy to follow, and provides realistic advice on how to relieve the pain of ovarian cysts and prevent them from recurring.

It covers everything you would want to know about ovarian cysts and lays it all out for you in the best way I have seen. This is our top recommendation for it’s simplicity, style and the writers own personal experience.

Click here for the official site for Ovarian Cyst [...]Read More

Pap Test


Can a Pap Test be Used to Detect Ovarian Cancer?

The Pap test is used to detect the presence of abnormally growing cells in the cervix. It is not used as a test for ovarian cancer. However, in 2008 a survey of 2000 Australian women revealed that 60% of those surveyed believe that abnormal Pap test results are a sign of ovarian cancer.

For cervical cancer, the pap test is a very useful procedure for detecting the disease when it is still in its early stages and as a consequence is easiest to treat. The cervix sits on top of the vagina and is the bottom part of the uterus. The location of the cervix means that doctors can quite easily obtain a sample of the cervix, which gets sent to a lab and examined under the microscope. The test aims to detect potentially pre-cancerous changes, which are usually caused by sexually transmitted human papillomaviruses (HPVs). The test remains an effective, widely used method for early detection of pre-cancer and cervical cancer.

A Pap Test May Provide a False Result

Sometimes having a routine gynecological exam and pap test come back normal can give a false sense of security, [...]Read More

Sex Cord Stromal Tumor


Ovarian sex cord stromal tumors are abnormal growths that are created using tissues that are derived from the ovaries. Accounting for a relatively small percentage (5-10%) of ovarian cancers diagnosed. Diagnosing this form of cancer requires the completion of a biopsy. Because of the solid nature of this type of tumor, healthcare professionals tend to assume the tumor is malignant until proven otherwise by a biopsy.

These tumors differ clinically from the more common epithelial ovarian cancers. Around 70% of patients with these tumors are diagnosed when they are in stage 1, compared to about 75% of common epithelial cancers diagnosed when they are already at stage 3 or 4. As a consequence they are primarily treated with surgery and generally have a good prognosis.

One of the more apparent symptoms of this type of ovarian cancer is known as virilization. Essentially, this is a condition in which the female begins to develop traits that are more commonly associated with men. Among these symptoms is the development of facial hair that is far more pronounced than the slight dusting of facial hair that some women experience.

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Factors That Help Reduce Ovarian Cancer Mortality Rates


The potential for Ovarian Cancer Mortality to decrease has greatly improved in more recent years due to the continued research into the nature and treatment of the disease.

When the cancer is diagnosed early on, mortality rates are decreased substantially, making it possible to achieve a survival rate as high as 75% under optimum conditions. Several different approaches to treatment help to aid in lowering mortality rates, including some strategies that involve simple lifestyle changes.

In terms of medical treatments, mortality rates have been greatly impacted by the development of newer surgical techniques. While surgery is still considered a serious matter, surgeons can work with more precision today than at any time in the past. This has meant that it is easier to remove more of the cancer than in past decades, which helps to minimize the chances for recurrence at a later date, especially when the surgery is coupled with other treatments that have proven effective in lowering mortality rates.

The use of [...]Read More

Ovarian Cancer Prognosis


An Early Ovarian Cancer Prognosis Could Improve Your Chances of Survival

Depending on the nature of your ovarian cancer prognosis, there are a few things that may help your situation. Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer is an extremely difficult event to process. After you’ve had the chance to get past the initial shock and accept that you do have cancer, you will probably begin to wonder if there is anything you can do to improve your chances for recovery. Fortunately, some forms such as borderline ovarian cancer or germ cell tumor can be effectively managed if caught early.

Assuming that your cancer is caught in the early stages, your first step to improve your prognosis is to discuss treatment options with your doctor. These can range anywhere from simple radiation treatments to the surgical removal of the cancer itself. Make sure you know the risks and possible benefits associated with each strategy employed in the treatment series. This will help you to prepare mentally for what will be experienced during the months ahead.

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Ovarian Cancer Metastasis: Everything You Need To Know


Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer metastasis can only add to the fears you may have after learning that you have ovarian cancer. While there is no doubt that prescence of metastasis is a serious situation, it is important to understand exactly what is happening, and what can be done to correct the situation.

Ovarian cancer metastasis is a situation in which an ovarian tumor has been diagnosed as being malignant. In addition, there is evidence that the cancer has already begun to spread to other organs in the body. This means that not only are the ovaries in danger, but also other vital systems around your body. When metastasis takes place, your doctors will take steps to find out just how widespread the cancer has become, and what can be done to effectively treat your condition.

There are essentially four ways that ovarian cancer metastasis takes place. The first has to do with direct contact with the tumor itself. In this scenario, the tumor invades nearby organs, such as the uterus, bladder, or Fallopian tubes. While serious, this type of activity can often be identified quickly, which increases the chances of successful treatment.

Another way that the cancer [...]Read More

BRCA1


 

Understanding the BRCA1 Gene and its Role in Ovarian Cancer

Also known as the Breast and Ovarian Cancer 1 early onset gene, the BRCA1 is a gene that is responsible for controlling the growth of cells in the breast and ovary. As long as the gene is functioning normally, it poses no threat at all. In fact, it plays a major role in maintaining the health of cells. However, when some sort of abnormality occurs, this important gene can open the door for the development of several different forms of cancer, including ovarian cancer.

Considered part of the family of genes that is normally identified as the tumor suppressor genes, BRCA1 works by regulating the process of cell division. This is accomplished by managing the rate at which cells divide as well as controlling how fast they grow. When functioning properly, the gene prevents random bursts of growth and cell division that increase the chances of the development of abnormal tissue that could in turn threaten the health of the individual.

The problem arises when something happens to prevent the gene from working as it should. As the cells begin to reproduce and expand in random ways, the [...]Read More

What is Ovarian Cancer?


Answering the question “What is ovarian cancer?” is critical to beginning to understand the disease and what to expect if you or a loved when is diagnosed with it. Ovarian cancer refers to a cancerous growth arising from cells that make up the ovary.

The ovaries are part of the female reproductive system. They are located on either side of the uterus, and very close physically to the fallopian tubes. They are small almond-shaped organs found in the lower part of the abdomen known as the pelvic cavity. Each ovary has an outer covering of cells called the epithelium.

Germ cells, which eventually mature into eggs, are found on the inside. The eggs travel through the fallopian tubes into the uterus where if fertilized, implants and develops into a fetus. The ovaries are also the main source of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. The picture below shows the anatomy of the female reproductive system.

The ovaries are made up of three types of tissue:

  1. Epithelial cells, which cover the ovary.
  2. Germ cells, which are found inside the ovary. They develop into eggs that are released into the fallopian tubes every month.
  3. Stromal cells, which produce most of [...]Read More

What is Cancer ?


A Simple Explanation

It is important to answer the question: “What is cancer ?” to understand what exactly is going on in your body if you or a loved one is diagnosed with the disease. Contrary to what many people believe, cancer is not a single disease, there are more than 100 common types of cancer, ovarian cancer being one of them.
The different types of cancer can be grouped into different categories. The main ones include:

  • Sarcoma: cancer that originates in muscle, fibrous tissue, fat, bone, cartilage or other connective or supportive tissue.
  • Leukemia: cancer that originates in blood forming tissue such as the bone marrow or spleen. Large numbers of abnormal cells are produced which enter and circulate in the bloodstream.
  • Lymphoma: cancer that originates in cells of the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and nodes that acts as the body’s filter.
  • Carcinoma: cancer that originates in the body’s organs. They are the most common cancers. About 80% of cancers are carcinomas.
  • Central nervous system: cancer that originates in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord.

Have you ever [...]Read More