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When Can Ovarian Cancer Not Be Treated?

Postby Derori » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:04 pm

How is ovarian cancer treated?

After the tests are done, your doctor will suggest one or more options for treatment. The choice of treatment depends largely on the type of cancer and the stage of the disease. If you have not had surgery yet, the exact stage may not be known. In that case, treatment is based on what is known.

Other factors that could play a part in choosing the best treatment plan might include your general state of health, whether you plan to have children, and other personal considerations. Age alone is not a limiting factor. Studies have shown that older women can take ovarian cancer treatments well. Be sure you understand all the risks and side effects of different treatments before you make a decision.

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Postby Roxbury » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:11 pm

As the above poster poignantly points out, this disease is not curable without surgery +/- chemotherapy, and it is difficult to cure even then. There is NO proof ANY alternative therapy will cure this disease. This is not bias, this is fact. Would certainly be nice to have a cure- who cares if it is alternative? It sure wouldn't be alternative long... Blessings
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Postby Gwynn » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:12 pm

It is typically not treated with surgery if it has metastasized widely, because the surgery is futile.
Sometimes in these cases surgery is performed only for "debulking" the tumor to increase comfort and quality-of-life, but it does not lengthen lifespan.
But if the tumor is not metastatic, surgery is your best chance for cure.
Surgery works better than any of the cancer medicines.
You are in charge of your own care, so if for some reason you choose not to have surgery you should discuss this openly and at length with your oncologist and your family.

Usually the treatment plan is surgery to remove all traces of the tumor and then follow-on "adjuvant" chemotherapy for a period of time to destroy any microscopic tumor cells that remain.
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Postby Carlomagno » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:17 pm

The goal for any type of cancer no matter what the stage . . if a patient wants a chance for life . . should be surgery with the aim for 90 % to complete surgical removal. If a doctor has told you that the cancer is inoperable than you need a second opinion. It may be possible to do chemotherapy first to shrink or eliminate enough of the disease before surgery. If you do not get surgery than the cancer will spread and eventually fill the body with tumors. There is currently treatment called cytoreductive surgery and intra-peritoneal hyperthermic chemoperfusion that is used with ovarian and abdominal cancers which any patient with advanced abdominal disease should be looking into.

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