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How do I know if my ovarian cancer has spread?

There is currently no proven screening test for ovarian cancer. If your doctor suspects you have ovarian cancer, you may have blood tests (CA125), and medical imaging scans (ultrasound, CT scan).

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Most common ovarian cancer myths

A lack of awareness can lead to misconceptions about ovarian cancer. Here, I debunk six common myths about ovarian cancer.

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What are the differences between neoadjuvant or adjuvant chemotherapy?

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy refers to the use of chemotherapy to shrink the cancerous tumours prior to surgery. When chemotherapy is used after surgery, it is referred to as adjuvant chemotherapy.

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What is debulking surgery for ovarian cancer?

Treatment for ovarian cancer usually involves both surgery and chemotherapy. The type of operation, and whether debulking (I prefer the term cytoreductive) surgery is necessary depends on whether the cancer...

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What is a frozen section examination?

A frozen section examination is a specific type of biopsy procedure that allows a surgeon to establish a rapid diagnosis of a suspicious mass during surgery.

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A healthy lifestyle after ovarian cancer diagnosis may help women improve their prognosis

A recent study found a healthy lifestyle after ovarian cancer diagnosis, in particular not smoking and being physically active, may help women improve their prognosis.

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A Guide to Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

Ovarian cancer is a malignant disease arising from the ovaries or fallopian tubes. Numbers of patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer are increasing, with Cancer Australia reporting about 1,530 cases per year.

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