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Secondary Cytoreduction for Ovarian Cancer

Secondary cytoreduction for ovarian cancer has been hotly debated in the last year. Two large clinical trials, published only two years apart, came to contradicting conclusions.

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I've tested positive for the BRCA gene. What comes next?

The genes most commonly tested for breast and ovarian cancer are BRCA1 and BRCA2. If a woman tests positive for faulty BRCA genes it is possible to benefit from measures...

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Is ovarian cancer still considered a disease of the elderly?

Ovarian cancer is mostly a disease diagnosed in elderly women. Ovarian cancer can be diagnosed at any age, although it usually occurs in women who have been through menopause.

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Can ovarian cancer develop after having ovaries removed?

Risk-reducing surgery may be recommended to remove both ovaries for prevention of ovarian cancer. While very uncommon, it’s possible to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer after the ovaries have been removed.

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How we diagnose ovarian cancer

An ovarian cancer diagnosis can only be confirmed by taking a tissue sample (biopsy) and examining the cells under a microscope.

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Hormone replacement therapy after gynaecological cancer

Premenopausal women who need their ovaries removed for their cancer treatment will become menopausal. This is called surgical menopause.

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What to expect after an ovarian cancer diagnosis

In Australia, over 1,500 women are newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. Here’s what to expect after each stage of investigation and treatment.

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Why there is no screening program for ovarian cancer in Australia

In Australia, more than 1,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. Sadly, most women are diagnosed with this disease at advanced stages 3 or 4, resulting in a...

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How long does ovarian cancer take to grow?

Ovarian cancers develop and grow at varying rates over time. Some types of ovarian cancer may grow slowly over years while others can progress very quickly within months.

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What causes ovarian cancer?

We don’t know exactly what causes ovarian cancer, but we do know that a family history or genetic mutation can increase a woman’s ovarian cancer risk.

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