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DonnaSueE posted:
Can a 75 year old woman get ovarian CA? My mother had been complaining of bloating (distension), lack of appetite, LLQ pain after eating, urinary frequency for maybe a year and her doctor wouldn't listen. Until today. He told her she could be having symptoms of ovarian cancer. She had a hysterectomy when she was 35, but they left one ovary (the side that's bothering her). She will be getting an U/S in the next few days.
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Andrew Berchuck, MD responded:
The average age of ovarian cancer is in the early 60s, and someone who is 75 can certainly get this disease. In addition to an ultrasound it is usually helpful to get a CA125 blood test. This test is not perfect, as it can be elevated due to other causes, but it is elevated in most women with ovarian cancer.
 
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2010july replied to Andrew Berchuck, MD's response:
My Mother was 87 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 OC 6 months ago. She opted for Chemo and has just finished her 6th treatment with good response. The Oncologist is amazed at how well she did and her good response. No surgery but were hoping for some quality time before it shows up again.


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