A 47- year- old woman was receiving chemotherapy because of a stage III ovarian cancer. She went to the Emergency Room (ER) with a low fever (37º centigrades), nausea and pain in her abdomen. Continue reading Right lower quadrant pain and ovarian cancer. It is clear. Why should we make a differential diagnosis?
Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women and one of the most lethal. More than 95% of patients diagnosed in a very early stage (Stage I, located in the ovary) will survive more than 5 years with a plateau similar to cure. The abdominal cavity and peritoneum is the normal dissemination route usually with non-specific symptoms such as “floating”, constipation and vaginal bleeding. When the disease is spread to the abdomen only a third of women are disease-free one year and a half later. Can we change this situation?
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