Ovarian Cancer Expert Forum
Stage 1a Ovarian Cancer
About This Forum:

This forum is for questions and support regarding ovarian cancer issues, such as: Biopsy, Chemotherapy, Clinical Trials, Genetics, Hysterectomy, Immunotherapy, Ovarian Cancer Types, Radiation Therapy, Risk Factors, Screening, Staging, Surgery.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

Stage 1a Ovarian Cancer

My mom who is 55 years old just had a hysterectomy and had a low level of 9 for the CA-125. She had a cyst on her ovary and was growing so she had the hysterectomy. She just got the test results back and the Doctor confirmed Stage 1a cancer. He said it was confined to the ovary, but he suggests chemotherapy for 6 treatments as an "insurance policy". My question with this early of a stage, is it possible for the cancer to come back if she is on taxol and carboplatin- would this be the best combination? There is no family history of any cancer...


Thanks so much

Related Discussions
242604_tn?1328124825
Hi There,
You ask a really good question. We (the oncology community) do not really know what is the best thing to do for stage Ia ovarian cancer.

There are two big concerns:
-Is it really stage I Cancer? It turns out that 20% of women with what is called Stage I cancer actually have spread off the ovary if enough biopsies are performed. So that means that 20% of what we call stage I cancer are actually more advanced.  So oncologists will base a decision about postoperative chemotherapy on how many biopsies are actually done at the surgery. How many lymph nodes were checked and so forth.

-Second concern is that certain stage one grades are fast growing and have a risk of recurrence even when multiple biopsies around the abdomen are negative for spread. Cancers in this category include "grade 3 " cancers which means they are rapidly growing and the clear cell subtype.

As far as chemotherapy, the present standard of care is taxol and carboplatin.

take care


2 Comments
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
The Doctor actually said that he would call the cancer stage 1, but the medical community would call it Stage 2. It was confined to the ovaries, and he said some fluid leaked on the pelvic wall, but he said that they removed everything from the hysterectomy.  He called the Chemo an "insurance policy" and said 6 treatments should be sufficient. I am not sure the "grade" of the tumor....does this help at all?
What would be the percentages of recurrence at this stage?
Also, I am confused by the 5 year survival rate....there is no percentage for Stage 2? And does this take in effect all ages? Does the medical community only use 5 year survival for all cancers? What is the reason? It seems as though, numerous people live a lot longer....

Thanks again for all of your help.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
A related discussion, percentage of reccurance was started.
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
This Forum's Experts
563773_tn?1374250139
Bhupinder Kaur, MDBlank
Private practice
,
Blank
Request an Appointment
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Chemotherapy Tracker
Chemotherapy Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Blank
Ovulation Tracker
Ovulation Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank