Lynch syndrome is an inherited cancer syndrome associated with a genetic predisposition to developing different cancer types.
People who inherit BRCA gene mutations are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer compared with the general population.
Ovarian cancer can be difficult to detect early due to a lack of symptoms in the early stages.
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.
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...
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.
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.
An ovarian cancer diagnosis can only be confirmed by taking a tissue sample (biopsy) and examining the cells under a microscope.
Premenopausal women who need their ovaries removed for their cancer treatment will become menopausal. This is called surgical menopause.
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.