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Ovarian Cancer Topic Guide

Ovarian Cancer Ovarian Cancer: Ovarian cancer occurs when tumors in the female reproductive organs, the ovaries, grow out of control. Doctors aren't sure what causes ovarian cancer, but heredity plays a role. Symptoms include:
  • Pelvic pain or pressure,
  • Pain with intercourse,
  • Abdominal swelling and bloating,
  • Urinary frequency,
  • Constipation,
  • Ascites (collection of fluid in the abdomen),
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Feeling full after eating little,
  • Gas and/or diarrhea,
  • Nausea and vomiting, and
  • Abnormalities in menstruation.

Treatment may include surgery followed by chemotherapy.

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