When detected in its earliest stages, ovarian cancer typically has more treatment options available, lowering the chances of it spreading to other parts of the body. However, ovarian cancer often does not produce noticeable symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage. This means that oftentimes when the cancer has been detected, it has already spread beyond its place of origin. That’s why it’s important for women to be aware of what is normal for their own bodies and to promptly see a physician as soon as any abnormal symptoms arise.
How do I know if my ovarian cancer has spread?
Ovarian cancer that has spread to other parts of the body may have additional and potentially more severe symptoms than those of ovarian cancer in its early stages. In addition to changes in the menstrual cycle, pelvic or back pain, abdominal bloating, pain during sex and frequent urination, which are all symptoms of early-stage ovarian cancer, symptoms of advanced ovarian cancer can also include:
- Severe pain in the pelvic region
- Kidney pain
- Ascites, or a buildup of fluid in the abdomen
- Bowel obstruction
Is advanced ovarian cancer treatable?
Moffitt Cancer Center offers a full range of diagnostic, treatment and supportive care services for women with ovarian cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. The multispecialty team at Moffitt’s gynecological clinic ensures each patient with advanced ovarian cancer receives a treatment plan that addresses her unique needs. Eligible patients may be able to participate in one of our clinical trials, where they may have access to the latest advancements in ovarian cancer treatment before they are made available elsewhere. Our robust clinical trials program is one of the reasons Moffitt has been named a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. We remain committed to advancing cancer research and treatment every day, and we will not be satisfied until there is a cure for all.