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Can a patient that has been diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer be cured?

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Can a patient that has been diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer be cured? She is 69 and had a partial hysterectomy but didn't get her ovaries removed at the time. She is presently in Dublin XXXXXXX The cancer they say has spread to her abdominal walls and she has fluid in abdomen. They are presently attempting to drain the fluid to confirm if her liver has been affected.
Posted Thu, 11 Oct 2012 in Cancer
Answered by Dr. Ioan Dorian OANA 1 hour later

Thanks for your query.

Ovarian cancer that is advanced when it is first diagnosed can sometimes be cured with surgery and chemotherapy, but this is not possible for many women and once cancer has spread into the pelvic cavity, the cure rate drops to one third.

For these figures 'cured' means as surviving for five years after the first diagnosis. If the disease has spread further, only one quarter to on sixth of patients can be cured and I am afraid this is the case here.

Even if advanced cancer can't be cured, treatment can slow cancer down and help control the symptoms, so it can be useful.

If you have any more queries, feel free to ask.

Dr. Dorian Oana MD, PhD
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