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What is Ovarian Cancer?

Cancer in the tissues of the egg (ovum) producing organ (ovary) in a woman is called ovarian cancer. Ovarian tumours can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). It is one of the most dangerous gynaecological cancers and is commonly seen in older females.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

Due to the slow development of ovarian cancer, it is often difficult to detect in the early stages. Some of the common signs and symptoms are :

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) mimics the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

What are the main causes?

The exact cause of most ovarian cancer is not clearly understood. Some of the common risk factors are :

  • Inherited genetic mutations (for example, BRCA1/2, HNPCC).
  • Women without children.
  • Stress.
  • Side effects of infertility treatment drugs.
  • A family history of ovarian or breast cancer.
  • Other possible risk factors include smoking, Western diet, obesity, using deodorants, talcum powder, environmental pollution, poverty and poor diet in childhood.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

For the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, doctors use various methods such as:

  • Ultrasound of abdomen and pelvis
    In the case of diseases of the ovaries, ultrasound is mostly preferred as the first test.
  • CT scan
    It is used to detect larger tumours but is unable to detect the smaller ones.
  • MRI scan
    It helps in locating the spread of cancer to the brain or spinal cord.
  • Blood tests
    CA-125 test is done to determine the level of CA-125 which is produced by the cancerous cells in the ovary.

After the cancer is diagnosed, it is treated by –

  • Chemotherapy.
  • Surgery.
  • Radiation therapy.

There are also some complementary therapies like acupuncture, herbal medicine, meditation and yoga that may be used along with conventional treatment.

  1. Medicines for Ovarian Cancer
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Medicines for Ovarian Cancer

Medicines listed below are available for Ovarian Cancer. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
AbraxaneAbraxane 100 Mg Injection13312
TortaxelTortaxel 100 Mg Injection3436
GemizanGemizan 1 Gm Injection5075
HycamtinHycamtin 1 Mg Tablet6000
ZpacZpac 100 Mg Injection1813
GemkerbGemkerb 1000 Mg Injection4960
TopocanTopocan 2.5 Mg Injection4000
ZupaxelZupaxel 100 Mg Injection1813
GemteroGemtero 1 Gm Injection4457
TopotecTopotec 2.5 Mg Injection3955
BevetexBevetex 100 Mg Injection10000
OncogemOncogem 1.4 Gm Injection6800
CantopCantop 2.5 Mg Injection3544
DutaxelDutaxel 100 Mg Injection3268
TabicadTabicad 1000 Mg Injection2600
MaclitaxelMaclitaxel 260 Mg Injection2942
WinogemWinogem 1.4 Gm Injection6152
PaxtalPaxtal 100 Mg Injection3197
XtrozXtroz 1 Gm Injection4720
PaxubaPaxuba 100 Mg Injection3400
ZygemZygem 1 Gm Injection5360
Gemcitabine 200 Mg InjectionGemcitabine 200 Mg Injection163

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  2. National Cancer Institute [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, and Primary Peritoneal Cancer—Patient Version
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  7. Committee on the State of the Science in Ovarian Cancer Research; Board on Health Care Services; Institute of Medicine; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Ovarian Cancers: Evolving Paradigms in Research and Care. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2016 Apr 25. 2, The Bi

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