Ovarian cancer affects approximately 25,000 women every year. Although the peak age at the time of diagnosis of ovarian cancer is 57 years, 10% of women are younger than age 35 at the time of diagnosis.
The epithelial cancers, or adenocarcinomas, account for 85% of all ovarian cancers but rarely occur in women younger than age 30 years. Approximately 15% of all epithelial cancers are low malignant potential tumors, which are often found early.
The more common ovarian neoplasms in young women are the germ cell malignancies. In fact, these can occur in young children and account for more than 85% of all ovarian malignancies in girls younger than 15 years of age.
Achievement of total remission or cure is the ultimate goal of therapy. In the woman of childbearing age, consideration is given to the desire for reproductive capability, which is preserved if possible.
Treatment for ovarian cancer usually involves surgery and chemotherapy. Some women with very early stage disease may be treated with surgery alone.
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- What are the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer?
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- What is the current standard of care for the treatment of ovarian cancer?
- What treatment options are available for the management of ovarian cancer?
- Are there any promising new developments or potential breakthroughs in treatment?
- Who are the most notable medical authorities who specialize in ovarian cancer?
- Where are the leading hospitals and centers of research for ovarian cancer?
- What are the most important questions to ask my doctor about ovarian cancer?
This MediFocus Guide contains an extensive listing of citations and abstracts of recent journal articles that have been published about this condition in trustworthy medical journals. This is the same type of information that is available to physicians and other health care professionals. A partial selection of journal articles that are abstracted in this MediFocus Guide includes:
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- Current management of epithelial ovarian carcinoma: a review.
Seminars in Surgical Oncology. 2000
- Serous tumors of low malignant potential of the ovary. 1. Diagnostic pathology.
Virchows Archiv. 2000
- Ovarian mucinous cystadenocarcinoma as a cause of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome: report of a case and review of the literature.
American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2000
- Chemotherapy for advanced ovarian cancer. Advanced Ovarian Cancer Trialists Group.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews [computer file]. 2000
- The genetics, screening, and treatment of epithelial ovarian cancer: an update.
Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. 2000
- Serum markers as prognostic factors in epithelial ovarian cancer: an overview.
European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology. 2000
- Second-line treatment of ovarian cancer.
- Major oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes involved in epithelial ovarian cancer (review).
International Journal of Oncology. 2000
- Primary and salvage therapy with LH-RH analogues in ovarian cancer.
Recent Results in Cancer Research. 2000
- Forthnightly review: hereditary ovarian carcinoma.
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