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Ovarian Cancer

  • What is Ovarian Cancer?

    Ovarian cancer is an abnormal growth of tissue in the ovary. The ovaries are part of the female reproductive system where the eggs are produced. Most ovarian cancers develop on the surface of the ovary.

    There are 3 main types of ovarian cancer:

    • Epithelial tumours develop on the surface (epithelium) of the ovary and are the most common type
    • Germ cell tumours occur in the cells that produce the eggs and can develop in younger women
    • Stromal tumours develop in the oestrogen and progesterone-producing tissues of the ovary – oestrogen and progesterone are the hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle
  • You may be at risk of developing ovarian cancer if you:

    • had your first pregnancy at an older age or have never been pregnant
    • had your menopause at a late age
    • have a family member with ovarian cancer (especially if they have the BRCA gene)
    • have endometriosis, a condition where the endometrium tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (womb) grows outside the uterus
    • have had breast cancer
    • started menstruating at a young age
    • used hormone replacement therapy for more than 5 years
    • were overweight in early adulthood
  • The symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

    • Abdominal swelling and discomfort (pressure, fullness, or bloating)
    • Changes in bowel habits, eg. constipation
    • Loss of appetite or weight loss
    • Lower back pain
    • Pain during sexual intercourse
    • Persistent indigestion or nausea
    • Urgent or frequent need to urinate
  • Treatment for ovarian cancer usually involves a combination of surgery and chemotherapy:

    • Chemotherapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells after surgery
    • Surgery to remove the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and affected lymph nodes
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    • Chin Tan Min

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-43/50 To 55
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6684 5522
      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #10-11/12
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      68363665
    • Choo Su Pin

      Specialty:
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      Clinic:
      Curie Oncology
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-21
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6259 5538
    • Lim Sheow Lei

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Oncocare Women's Cancer Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #06-22/23
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6252 5325
    • Tan Chee Seng

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Oncocare Cancer Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #09-59/60/61/62/63
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6694 1721
    • Ang Cher Siang Peter

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Oncocare Women's Cancer Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #06-22/23
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6252 5325
      Clinic:
      Oncocare Cancer Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-05
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6836 5201
    • Ang Peng Tiam

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-43/50 To 55
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6684 5522
      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth, Level 2 Mount Elizabeth Hospital
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67370733
    • Au Siew Cheng Elizabeth

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Elizabeth Au Oncology
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #11-01
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67374588
    • Chan Boon Yeow Daniel

      Specialty:
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      Clinic:
      Icon Cancer Centre Novena
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #06-24/25
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6266 2273
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      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-03/04
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6737 8000
    • Chia Whay Kuang John

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Curie Oncology
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-21
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6259 5538
    • Chopra Akhil

      Specialty:
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      Clinic:
      Oncocare Cancer Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #09-59/60/61/62/63
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6694 1721

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