Stage 1 ovarian cancer is treated by attempting to remove the cancer and ensure that it does not spread to other parts of the body. In people with recurring cases of low-grade cancer, doctors may use increasingly harsh treatments like radiation and chemotherapy. The medically accepted meaning of the word, “cured,” in the context of cancer, applies when a patient lives at least five years without any additional detection of cancer.
About Ovarian Cancer Stage 1
Ovarian cancers bear similarity to other cancers since the severity of each stage ranges through different substages. According to the PDQ Adult Treatment Editorial Board, doctors classify the three substages of stage I cancer.
Stage IA refers to a situation in which cancer cells are present in one ovary or fallopian tube. When cancer cells occur in both ovaries, or in both fallopian tubes, it classifies as Stage IB. Stage IC occurs when cancer cells appear in one or both ovaries or fallopian tubes along with one of the following additions:
- Cancer cells rest on the outside of the ovaries or fallopian tubes.
- The covering of the ovary ruptures and opens.
- Cancer cells exist in your peritoneal cavity, its tissue lining, or fluid from your abdomen.
Substages of stage I cancer mean that the ovarian cancer has not spread to other parts of the body yet. Despite the range of classifications that fall under Stage 1 ovarian cancer types, doctors do not consider cancer advanced until Stage 2.
Prognosis for Stage I Ovarian Cancer Treatment Options
When ovarian cancer receives early detection and treatment, the prognosis for patients’ five-year survival rates averages around 90 percent, according to CA Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Each case differs since patients have varying medical conditions and histories.
According to the National Cancer Institute, 14.9 percent of all cases of ovarian cancer remain localized, or diagnosed at Stage I. Additionally, the five-year survival rate of localized cancer reaches 92.4 percent. Statistically, the prognosis for people diagnosed with ovarian cancer who catch and treat it early remains positive. Regardless, every case of cancer proves unique, and treatment and responses to treatment can vary from patient to patient.
Researching Ovarian Cancer
The unpredictable, complex nature of cancer makes it difficult to define with statistics. For a measure of precision, researchers use relative survival statistics to compare patients suffering from ovarian cancer against their peers in regards to age, race, or other factors. Unfortunately, some women may not know they have an increased risk of ovarian cancer and may not find out until it becomes too far advanced to survive.
Ovarian Cancer in Older Women
The risks of ovarian cancer remain higher for older women than younger women. That does not exclude younger women from the potential to develop cancer, but it poses the question of a potential generational divide due to the increased risk of cancer from using talcum powder. The risk comes from asbestos, which naturally occurs in talc mines where companies at Johnson & Johnson source the makings of baby powder.
Using talcum powder, like Johnson & Johnson baby powder products, proved a traditionally popular hygiene practice for women and children. More recently, a report from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and findings from publicized internal documents at Johnson & Johnson, published by Reuters, suggest that consumers may have used talcum powder products tainted by asbestos for years. Now, Johnson & Johnson faces more than thousands of lawsuits for negligence since it failed to warn consumers about the hazards of talcum powder.
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