End stages of ovarian cancer

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End stages of ovarian cancer
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Stage IV is the final stage of ovarian cancer. Women who have ovarian cancer that is this advanced will see their cancer spread to not just the ovaries but to other organs such as the liver and lungs. Cancer cells also can be found in the layers of fluid that are around the lungs. The survival rate for someone with these final stages of Ovarian cancer is dramatically lower than if the disease was caught early on.

Pain

One of the most common sensations a woman suffering from the end stages of ovarian cancer will feel is pain. The cancer will cause pain in both the abdomen and pelvic areas of a woman's body. As the disease the begins to spread all throughout the body, a woman may also experience pain anywhere along her back as well as her arms and legs. This can be sharp, stabbing pains or consistent dull pains.

Bowels

By the time ovarian cancer reaches the final stages a woman may notice a change in the way her bowels move. A tumour has grown to such a size that it can block the bowels from moving properly, which can cause effects similar to constipation. It is in this stage that women may also suffer from stools that take a watery appearance. If a tumour is not blocking the stool and causing constipation, the cancer in general will cause the colon to operate faster than it normally does causing stool to take on a watery composition.

Menstruation

The most common effects a woman suffering from the end stages of ovarian cancer will feel is changes in her menstrual cycle. These changes can occur in the form of incredibly erratic periods or missed periods altogether. Periods also can be much heavier than normal in the end stages of ovarian cancer. Just like with any kind of cancer, the end stages of ovarian cancer can cause a woman to feel fatigued and tired more than usual. A woman will be required to sleep longer and more often than she normally would just to have a normal amount of energy.

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