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Early diagnosis is the key to treating women with ovarian cancer

36 year old Anita Malik (name changed) was diagnosed of Ovarian Cancer in her early 30s; she was shattered; and lost all hopes of conceiving. She lost both her ovaries but under medical supervision of an oncologist and gynecologist, the doctors saved her Uterus.  She went under IVF treatment with egg donation, she gave birth to a healthy baby.

28 years old Nina (name changed) was diagnosed with ovarian cancer post her marriage.  As it was an early diagnosis at Stage 1, only one ovary was removed. She took IVF treatment and gave birth to a healthy baby.ovarian-cancer

“In my daily practice I have diagnosed few women with ovarian cancer at early age; they seem to be healthy but due to hereditary conditions, such a deadly cancers catches them early,” informs Dr. Archana Dhawan Bajaj, Gastroenterologist & Obstetrician, Nurture IVF Centre.

Dr. Archana Dhawan Bajaj, Gastroenterologist & Obstetrician, Nurture Clinic says “Ovarian Cancer can occur in the ovary without any prominent symptoms, like patient can have abdominal bloating, dyspepsia and sometimes even urinary complaints. These are common symptoms of many other problems; therefore it becomes difficult to identify the Ovarian Cancer at early stage.”

Ovarian cancer has highest non-survival rate. Having a family history; controlled ovarian stimulation and mutated BRCA 1 & BRCA 2 Gene are potential threatsa for ovarian cancer, hence such women should adopt preventive diagnosis.  “If Ovarian Cancer is diagnosed early, one can be hopeful of motherhood under medical care”, said Dr. Archana Dhawan Bajaj, Gynecologist & Obstetrician, Nurture IVF Centre.

Ovarian Cancer among women of reproductive and growing age has become one of the common problems in India. Ovarian cancer is a cancer affecting the ovaries, which are the organs responsible for secretion of female hormones and ovulation in women, and situated in the pelvis.

Even being highest risk for ovarian cancer while undergoing radiation, chemotherapy and surgery,

Women can still conceive and enjoy being mother. “If only one ovary is removed, it means still the women has 50% chances of conceiving as only fertile ovaries are required. If both the ovaries are removed but women has a healthy uterus, one can conceive with the help of IVF (In vitro fertilization) technique,” informs said Dr. Archana Dhawan Bajaj, Gynecologist & Obstetrician, Nurture IVF Centre.

If diagnosed with ovarian cancer, one should immediately freeze their eggs and preserve for conceiving later. Early warning signs should not be kept unnoticed or untreated. Dr Archana says “awareness should be created among women. 140,000 women’s death every year is only because of lack of awareness, diagnosis at early stage will increase chances of survival.”

If you are fatigued, have regular indigestion, heartburn, constipation and have back pain with menstrual irregularities and have painful intercourse, its time visit a doctor for a preventive check-up.

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