The right cancer care for the right diagnosis

Because ovarian cancer is rare and hard to detect, your doctor might not be able to make a diagnosis until it is already in later stages. When cancer cells only live in the ovary, you might not have any symptoms. But it once it grows larger, ovarian cancer can affect other organs and cause symptoms like:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding Bloating
  • Back pain
  • Constipation or change in bowel movements
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Pain during sex
  • Pelvic, abdominal or back pain
  • Trouble eating
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should speak to your doctor. These symptoms can be caused by many different conditions, like ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids. With the right tests, you can get an accurate diagnosis.

Tests for Ovarian Cancer

Your doctor will use a few different tests to learn more about your symptoms and determine whether or not you have cancer. Tests include:

  • A physical exam to check your general health
  • A pelvic exam to feel for growths on your ovaries or uterus
  • Blood tests to look for proteins that might suggest you have cancer
  • Transvaginal ultrasound to see the ovaries and other organs in your pelvis
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan to look for growths or issues in your pelvic area
  • Biopsy to remove a small sample of tissue or fluid from around your ovaries for study

Doctors at Ellis Medicine use these tests to determine whether you have ovarian cancer or other conditions. They will work with you to figure out what tests are best for you based on your health, your symptoms and your risk factors for ovarian cancer.

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