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Ovarian Cancer Surgery Doesn't Have to End Fertility

by Shari Roan,  Los Angeles Times,  Aug 10, 2009
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For younger patients whose disease is at an early stage, five-year survival rates are the same whether doctors remove both ovaries or only the cancerous one, a study finds.

Young women diagnosed with an early stage of ovarian cancer may be able to have surgery for the disease without losing their fertility.

Traditionally, treatment of ovarian cancer involves removal of both ovaries and the uterus, which puts younger women into menopause and ends their chances of bearing a child. But a study published today in the journal Cancer, by researchers at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, showed that five-year survival rates for stage 1 ovarian cancer patients were the same for patients who had both ovaries removed and women who had only the cancerous ovary removed.

The five-year survival rates were similar among patients who had the uterus removed compared with those who didn't. Read more.


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