• What symptoms should I watch for to detect ovarian cancer? What tests are reasonable to take if I want to rule out ovarian cancer?

    Asked by hikerchick on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    What symptoms should I watch for to detect ovarian cancer? What tests are reasonable to take if I want to rule out ovarian cancer?

    I had a double mastectomy because of breast cancer a year and a half ago and I'm having stomach cramps and bloating nightly for several days. A pap smear checks the uterus but it's so difficult to know if your ovaries are healthy or not. I'm peri-menopausal.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I'm sure you can google ovarian cancer or look it up on the american cancer society's website. but I strongly don't suggest that. I went all web crazy after getting diagnosed the last time, all I found was bad news. And it turned out to be false. Go see your doctor and explain your concerns, a pet-scan can detect cancer activity anywhere in the body. don't guess or take symptoms out of a book or web. Best of luck to you, I truly hope you are just having another problem unrelated to cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar
      Cindy (Best Answer!)

      The following website answers your questions: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/OvarianCancer/DetailedGuide/ovarian-cancer-detection . Ovarian cancer symptoms are similar to many other conditions. Common symptoms may include: pressure or pain in the abdomen, pelvis, back or legs, swollen or bloated abdomen, nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea, and/or feeling very tired all the time. My personal symptoms were lower abdominal pain on my right side whenever I moved followed by low grade fever a few days later. My doctor and I thought it was possibly an appendicitis and checked me into the hospital. I later felt very bloated. The tests used for Ovarian cancer are transvaginal sonography and CA-125 blood test.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      When in doubt, I'm told to make an appointment. The general rule is two weeks, said both the oncs on my Heath care team.... If I have the symptom for more than two weeks, time to make the call....

      So, I'd say, make the call.

      Good luck....

      over 4 years ago
    • Alyce's Avatar

      My doctor said one of the side effects of one my chemo drugs is.....it can give me ovarian cancer. Go figure. Cure one, to get another. She said one of the symptoms would be bleeding, since I am going into post menopause.....for me that will be a good indicator. That's all I got. I just had my first chemo on Monday, 4/16/2012

      over 4 years ago
    • hikerchick's Avatar

      Thanks, everyone. This is the most direct help I've found and the personal experiences sometimes set my intuition on a good path.

      over 4 years ago
    • judalou's Avatar

      Demand a CA 125. Does it hurt to lay on your stomach? Get this checked out SAP...

      over 4 years ago
    • hikerchick's Avatar

      I'm working on eliminating possible food issues but if it doesn't resolve, I'll call the doc. I think the 2 week rule of thumb for symptoms is probably a good plan for this. If it was getting worse all the time, I wouldn't wait 2 weeks.
      No, it doesn't hurt to lay on my stomach, thank goodness. It's lessening, so I think it's going to end up that it was because of foods, peri-menopausal symptoms and stress.
      I appreciate everyone's help!

      over 4 years ago
    • Donna1943's Avatar

      There is a blood predictability test called CA 125. Symptoms
      are bloating, distended abdomen, constipation, and
      pain in tummy, too.

      about 4 years ago

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