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ovarian cancer stage IIIc

my daughter has had surgery for ocIIIc. they are telling her that she needs no chemo or anything.i am worried that something is being over looked. do i need to worry. she has seen no onocologist nor been referred to one. thanks....alice


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Yes you should be outraged. Ill tell you what is being overlooked; her chances of having the best chance of survival. GET A Medical ONCOLOGIST NOW and report the DR and or med team overseeing her care up to this point as a danger to patients like your daughter.

Who in Gods name told her this and why? This is frightening and verges on incompetence. Ovarian stage 3c is often a highly aggressive, resisent, and hard to treat cancer and to do only surgery without any further treatments is filled with huge risks that the ovarian cancer will come back with a vengence and spread and grow even more.

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The most deadly cancer of the female reproductive system is ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer remains a deadly cancer because diagnosis usually occurs when the disease reaches advanced stages. Four stages make up staging for ovarian cancer. Stage one consists of the least amount of disease and is the most survivable. Stage four is the highest stage, with disease spreading throughout the body, and remains incurable.

The American Cancer Society describes stage IIIC ovarian cancer as cancer of one or both ovaries that has spread to the lymph nodes or tumors measuring larger than 2 cm that have attached to the inner abdomen. Approximately 50 percent of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed as stage three. This occurs because many cases of ovarian cancer cause vague or no symptoms early in the disease.

Grade and Histology
Johns Hopkins Pathology reports that the grade of the tumor affects the prognosis of ovarian cancer. The tumor grade refers to abnormal the cancer cell as compared to normal cells and how quickly the cancer cells grow. High-grade tumors grow quickly and are more abnormal, which leads to a poorer prognosis. Histology refers to the type of ovarian cancer cells. There are several kinds of ovarian cancer cells. Survival time varies depending on what type of cancer cells make up the ovarian tumor.

Disease Volume
The volume of disease refers to the amount of cancer left in the body after surgery. At times, surgeons are unable to remove all cancerous tissue. The more cancer left behind, the poorer the prognosis. After initial surgery, disease volume becomes difficult to measure. A blood test called a CA125 is commonly used to determine disease volume. Scans also stand as useful tools to determine disease volume.

Other Factors
Multiple factors affect the prognosis of stage IIIC ovarian cancer. The National Cancer Institute lists age and race as important factors in prognosis. Lower survival is noted in black women and older women. Other factors that affect the prognosis of ovarian cancer include the tumor's response to treatment, overall health of the patient and the tolerance to treatment. Many times with advanced ovarian cancer that has reached stage IIIC, quality of life and long-term survival become central issues.


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