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clear cell ovarian

katiemae
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Joined: Mar 2003

I'm trying to get info about how clear cell differs from "regular" ovarian cancer, and no one seems to have any real answers for me. I know it's supposed to be worse, but how? Does anyone have info or can you tell me where to go to find out?

groundeffect
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Joined: Mar 2003

Kathy,

http://www.oncologychannel.com/ovariancancer/types.shtml has a description of epitheleal ovarian cancers. Here's a bit of the description. You should go in and read to get more of a grasp of why the epitheleal cancers are differentiated, because there are a number of different kinds:

Common epithelial tumors begin in the surface epithelium of the ovaries and account for about 90% of all ovarian cancers. They are divided into a number of subtypes - including serous, endometrioid, mucinous, and clear cell tumors - that can be further classified as benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) tumors.

Clear cell tumors account for about 6% of common epithelial tumors. Nearly all of these tumors are malignant. Approximately one-half of all clear cell tumors are associated with endometriosis. Most patients with clear cell tumors are between 40 and 80 years of age.

I hope this helps. "Regular" would refer to serous epitheleal tumors, which make up 40% of ovarian cancers.

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