• Does stage 3 ovarian cancer mean it was growing for a while

    Asked by DebbieP on Saturday, September 8, 2012

    Does stage 3 ovarian cancer mean it was growing for a while

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Possibly but not necessarily. Cancer cells grow at different rates. So stage 3 ovarian cancer that has spread beyond the pelvis to adjacent tiisue can either be the result of fast growing (multiplying) cancer cells that have spread quickly or slower growing cancer cells that have multiplied over a longer period of time without being detected.

      about 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      As a frame of reference, it takes 10 years for ovarian cancer cells to get to a detectable level in the blood stream.

      about 5 years ago
    • Donna1943's Avatar
      Donna1943

      Will have to ask my surgeon. Don't know if mine were fast or slow.

      about 5 years ago

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