Ovarian cancer

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What is ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer is the presence of cancerous growth in the ovary. It is classified by the type of cell involved. About 80% arise in epithelium cells. The rest originate in ovarian germ cells, stromal cells or are the result of cancer spreading (metastases) from another cancer site in the body.

Common symptoms reported by people with ovarian cancer

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with ovarian cancer

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
ovarian cancer (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Abdominal hysterectomy)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
13
Tried for
ovarian cancer (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Taxol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
ovarian cancer (9)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
4
Tried for
ovarian cancer (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Avastin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
ovarian cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
3
Tried for
ovarian cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
3
Tried for
ovarian cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
ovarian cancer (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adriamycin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
ovarian cancer (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)

Data from patients with ovarian cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with ovarian cancer

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for ovarian cancer (9 evaluations)
Side effects
anemia hair loss 9 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
ovarian cancer (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Abdominal hysterectomy)
Perceived effectiveness
for ovarian cancer (3 evaluations)
Side effects
scars
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
ovarian cancer (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Taxol)
Perceived effectiveness
for ovarian cancer (4 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness with nausea fatigue 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
ovarian cancer (9)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for ovarian cancer (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
ovarian cancer (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Avastin)
Perceived effectiveness
for ovarian cancer (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anorexia nervosa cervical radiculopathy 7 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
ovarian cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for ovarian cancer (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
ovarian cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
ovarian cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for ovarian cancer (2 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea bone pain 9 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
ovarian cancer (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adriamycin)
Perceived effectiveness
for ovarian cancer (1 evaluation)
Side effects
burning sensation in soles of feet
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
ovarian cancer (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with ovarian cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has ovarian cancer on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 11
30s 31
40s 67
50s 158
60s 136
70+ 46
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 11
30-39 years 16
40-49 years 38
50-59 years 39
60-69 years 16
70+ years 5

Sex

Distribution of sex

98% Female
2% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 287
Not Diagnosed 17

These charts show data from ovarian cancer patients who have completed their condition history
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