Ovarian cancer occurs when a tumor forms in the ovary’s cells.
- Stromal tumors form in hormone-producing cells in your ovaries
- Germ cell tumors form in ovarian cells
- Abdominal bloating or swelling
- Quickly feeling full when eating
- Weight loss
- Discomfort in the pelvis area
- Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
- A frequent need to urinate
- difficulty eating
- persistent pelvic and abdominal pain
- Genetic mutations
- family history
- ovulation & fertility
- a family history of ovarian cancer
- genetic mutations of genes associated with ovarian cancer, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2
- a personal history of breast, uterine, or colon cancer
- the use certain fertility drugs or hormone therapies
- no history of pregnancy
- Estrogen hormone replacement therapy
- Use of an intrauterine device.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome.
- X ray
- CT,MRI scans
- transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS)
- blood test to measure cancer antigen 125 (CA-125)
- targeted therapy
- hormone therapy
- bevacizumab (Avastin)
- olaparib (Lynparza)
- Find someone to talk with
- Set reasonable goals
- Take time out for yourself.