The growth of all kinds of cancer is slow and this is why cancer is always detected at the later stages when medicines will not take effect, putting the patient’s life in jeopardy. Ovarian cancer occurs inside the ovaries which contain healthy cells that keep reproducing for maintain the health of the tissues.
It is only when these cells start multiplying uncontrollably that it becomes cancerous. The tumour growths inside the ovaries can sometimes be a benign growth where the tumour keeps growing inside the ovaries and do not spread elsewhere. When these growths spread to other areas, the cells are termed as cancerous.
Growth Rate Of Ovarian Cancer
When the cancer is detected at stage I, it is still within the walls of the ovaries and has not spread to surrounding areas. This stage offers the woman a great chance of recovery through non invasive treatment methods that will also show faster results.
The cancer can be in one or both the ovaries and the cells will also be present on the surface of the ovaries and in the abdominal fluid at stage I of ovarian cancer. Stage I will have 92.7 chances of survival if detected on time.
When you graduate to stage II ovarian cancer, the growth has reached such a level that it has come out of the ovarian walls and spread to other areas of the pelvis. Women at this stage will have abdominal pain as well and pain that is located at the back and pelvic area. This is the time when the tingling of the legs and numbness will be experienced by many.
At stage II the uterine region and the fallopian tubes too will be affected making hysterectomy a necessity to prevent it from spreading further. Survival rates are up to 78% in this stage.
Growth At Stage III
With this advanced stage, the lymph nodes will definitely be affected and going by the proximity of the liver to the ovaries, the cancer would have metastasised to the liver as well. In such cases a radical hysterectomy becomes necessary and radiation treatment will be administered along with chemotherapy depending on the extent of spread. Up to fifty percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer at stage III have caches of recovery.
Growth At Stage IV
In this final stage, the growth of the cancer will be considerably big and it must have spread to the lungs and liver, making survival a distant possibility. In this stage, the treatment would only be radiation therapy and clinical trials where the chance of a recovery could be a matter of luck. The survival rate at this stage is 17.5%.
The growth of ovarian cancer depends on a number of factors like diet, lifestyle, family history, stress and whether you are already under treatment. Late diagnosis will make the cancer grow faster as there is no use of medicines that can arrest or slow its growth. Once the medication is started, the growth will be reduced greatly.