Cancer

Palliative (Comfort) Care for Prostate Cancer Patients

Palliative care or comfort care is the treatment undertaken to prevent or reduce the symptoms of a life-threatening illness like cancer. It is usually indicated for cases where other therapeutic options have either failed to “cure” the cancer and the case has advanced to the point where any further treatments >> Read More ...

Types of Ovarian Cancer Surgery, Radiation and Chemotherapy

The mainstay of treatment of ovarian cancer is surgery, combined with chemotherapy. The role of radiation therapy in the treatment of ovarian cancer is limited. The specific type of treatment to be undertaken for ovarian cancer will depend upon : Age of the patient General health of the patient Type of ovarian cancer Stage >> Read More ...

Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis – Blood Tests, Scans, Biopsy

Testing for Ovarian Cancer Early diagnosis of ovarian cancer is rare because of the absence of symptoms in the early stages and the lack of reliable screening methods to detect ovarian cancer specifically. A Pap smear has no role to play in the detection of ovarian cancer unless it has metastasized to the cervix or vagina. >> Read More ...

Stages of Ovarian Cancer, Grading and Survival Rate

Stages of Ovarian Cancer Staging indicates the degree of spread of the cancer. This helps to indicate the prognosis and determines the type of treatment that is to be undertaken. Surgical staging may be done at the time of surgery if the cancer appears to be confined to the pelvis. The excised uterus, fallopian tubes, >> Read More ...

Causes of Ovarian Cancer and Risk Factors

Causes and Risk Factors of Ovarian Cancer Although the exact cause of ovarian cancer is unknown, various risk factors have been identified which may be linked with its development. It is important to understand that while these risk factors increases the chance of ovarian cancer to various degrees, it is not a definitive >> Read More ...

Types of Ovarian Cancers – Unilateral, Bilateral

Ovarian cancer can be divided into 3 major categories based on the type of cell from which it arises. This includes : Epithelial carcinoma Germ cell carcinoma Sex cord and stromal carcinoma These are primary carcinomas of the ovary, which originate in the ovary itself. The other type of carcinoma that may be found in the >> Read More ...

Ovarian Cancer Signs, Symptoms, Complications and Prevention

Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed late since it develops insidiously, with very few warning signs or symptoms. Even when present, the complaints are often so vague that it is invariably mistaken for gastrointestinal symptoms. Abnormal vaginal bleeding may be the only gynecological >> Read More ...

What is Ovarian Cancer? Spread of Malignant Ovary Growth

Ovarian cancer is cancer that develops in the ovaries, the two small organs on either side of the uterus, which produce ova (eggs) as well as secrete the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Ovarian cancer is mainly seen in post-menopausal women but it can occur at any age. Although rare, more women die from ovarian >> Read More ...

Cervical Cancer Treatment, Surgery, Radiation and Chemotherapy

The focus on treatment of cervical cancer is to prevent precancerous lesions progressing to invasive cancer. Following an abnormal Pap smear and if the biopsy shows normal cells even in the deeper layers, no further treatment is advised except regular Pap tests and close monitoring. Pre-cancerous lesions seen in the deeper >> Read More ...
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