If you have symptoms of ovarian cancer you should see your doctor, who will examine you and may order some tests.
Ovarian cancer needs to be caught early in order to survive. The greatest mistake that most women make is to ignore the symptoms, which by the way, is entirely not their fault as the symptoms can be extremely confusing.
When the cancer is detected early, there is a 92.7 percent cure rate reported among survivors. Testing methods are numerous and one must be proactive in getting the tests done in order to save and extend their life expectancy.
Here are 5 testing methods done based on the extent of the cancer These methods will help in the diagnosis and also the stage and treatment method that can be undertaken for individual cases.
Methods For Checking Of Ovarian Cancer
The blood test, known as the CA 125 blood test is used for checking the abnormal presence of a protein named CA 125. Mostly, in patients with this protein will be produced excessively by the body and a blood test can confirm the presence of the protein.
Ultra sound scans use the help of sound waves for getting images of the ovaries. Any kind of growths in the ovaries can be detected with an ultra sound scan. However, with an ultrasound, one cannot say whether the cancer is benign or malignant.
This procedure uses a thin, lighted tube through which a doctor can look at the ovaries and other pelvic organs and tissues in the area. The tube is inserted through a small incision (cut) in the lower abdomen and sends the images of the pelvis or abdomen to a video monitor. Laparoscopy provides a view of organs that can help plan surgery or other treatments and can help doctors confirm the stage (how far the tumor has spread) of the cancer. Also, doctors can manipulate small instruments through the laparoscopic incision(s) to perform biopsies.
The final testing method used for conformation orovarian cancer is the testing of live tissue. For this, a laparoscopic procedure is done wherein an incision is created in the abdomen and a device inserted inside the ovaries to see the growth and assess its situation. The images given by the camera attached will show the tumour growth in its entirety and how far it has progressed.
Your doctor will first take your history and do a physical exam to look for signs of ovarian cancer. These include an enlarged ovary (on a pelvic exam) and signs of fluid in the abdomen (which is called ascites).
If there is reason to suspect you have ovarian cancer based on your symptoms and/or physical exam, your doctor will order some tests to check furth