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What to Do If You Think an Ovarian Cyst Burst

If you experience sharp, sudden abdominal pain, that could mean that an ovarian cyst burst inside of you. Before you freak out, know that having an ovarian cyst burst isn’t always as serious as it sounds. That said, if you think you’ve experienced one, you’re probably wondering what (if anything) you should do about it. […]

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Ruptured Ovarian Cyst: 9 Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

Even the words “ruptured ovarian cyst” might make you cringe, which makes sense because that doesn’t exactly sound pleasant. But the signs and symptoms of a ruptured ovarian cyst can actually be pretty varied. Sometimes you might not even know you have one because it successfully flies under the radar. (Good job to your body […]

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‘Why me? I had ovarian cancer at 14’

Media playback is unsupported on your device When 14-year-old Kelliyah started experiencing severe abdominal pain, she initially blamed it on one too many fizzy drinks and a lack of exercise. She lived with the persistent symptoms for weeks before going to hospital. But once she did, doctors found a tumour the size of a pumpkin […]

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Ovarian cancer drug olaparib ‘can delay disease in newly diagnosed’

A drug for advanced ovarian cancer has been approved for use in newly diagnosed patients in England, after a trial showed it could delay progression of the disease for three years. Up to 600 women with a hereditary type of the disease could benefit each year. Health bosses said olaparib had the potential to make […]

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Vaginal bacteria linked to ovarian cancer

Having too few “friendly” vaginal bacteria may increase a woman’s chance of ovarian cancer, and swabs can be used to spot this, say researchers. The team, led by University College London, hope the finding could be used to identify women at high risk of the cancer, which has no screening test. However, they say that […]

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Kate Beckinsale Reveals She Went to the Hospital for a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst

Kate Beckinsale had what you might call a doozy of a weekend. She wound up in the ER with a ruptured ovarian cyst, she revealed on Instagram. Beckinsale posted a teary-eyed photo of herself with an oxygen cannula in her nose, as well as a snap of herself in a hospital bed. "Turns out a […]

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How Your BRCA Status May Impact Your Ovarian Cancer Treatment

We tend to think of BRCA genetic mutations as a major risk for breast cancer—and they are. But these mutations—present on genes that can normally help suppress tumor activity via producing proteins that repair DNA—can also increase your risk for other cancers, including ovarian cancer. Thanks to our increasing understanding of the role these mutations […]

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Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis: 11 Things to Know After Receiving This News

If you (or a loved one) has just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you’re probably feeling incredibly overwhelmed right now. While there is no list of universally applicable tips for dealing with an ovarian cancer diagnosis, we asked medical experts and an ovarian cancer survivor to share what they recommend based on their experiences. 1. […]

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3 Women on How They’ve Handled an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

For some women, an ovarian cancer diagnosis comes after a lengthy, frustrating, stressful process, given that many don’t have observable symptoms until the cancer is in a more advanced stage. And if someone does have early symptoms of ovarian cancer, they’re often vague or nonspecific, such as changes in appetite, abdominal bloating, and abdominal/pelvic pain. […]

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Ovarian Cancer Treatment: What Are the Options?

Navigating ovarian cancer treatment options can be overwhelming, but if you have this illness, it’s a part of the process. There are five major forms of treatment for ovarian cancer. However, the type of ovarian cancer you have and how advanced it is play a role in which form (or forms) of treatment your doctor […]

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BRCA Testing: Do You Get It When You Have Breast or Ovarian Cancer?

It might feel like your world stops after receiving a diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer. Even in that mental and emotional fog, there are several next steps to consider. Coming up with a treatment plan is a big one, along with finding out whether or not you need any kind of additional exams, like […]

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Woman's ovarian cyst 'weight of seven newborn babies'

A woman lost a third of her bodyweight after surgery to remove a 26kg ovarian cyst – the weight of seven newborn babies. Despite multiple negative pregnancy tests, doctors insisted Keely Favell must be pregnant as her stomach grew in size. When asked questions about baby due dates, she spared people’s embarrassment by playing along. […]

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Survival Rate for Ovarian Cancer: Why Is It So Low?

Finding out that you or someone you love has any kind of cancer is disorienting, frightening, and generally a hellish experience. This is pretty typical no matter the type of cancer you’re dealing with. But if you look at data on different kinds of cancer, you’ll start to see that some, like ovarian cancer, tend […]

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Diminished Ovarian Reserve: What Does It Mean?

Trying to conceive is one of those weird things that’s incredibly easy for some people and frustratingly difficult for others. If you fall into the latter camp, at some point you may decide to undergo medical testing in an attempt to figure out where you and your partner stand fertility-wise. Reproductive science has evolved to […]

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Ca 125 Test: a Screening Test for Ovarian Cancer?

Should I ask my doctor for a CA 125 blood test to screen for ovarian cancer? Answer From Shannon K. Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D. The cancer antigen 125 (CA 125) blood test isn't recommended for women with an average risk of ovarian cancer. While women with ovarian cancer often have an elevated level of CA 125, an […]