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Fallopian Tubes and Ovarian Cancer

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Does removing my fallopian tubes reduce my chances of ovarian cancer?Does removing my fallopian tubes reduce my chances of ovarian cancer?


Researchers have indeed found that many of the most aggressive forms of ovarian cancer may not originate in the ovary at all. Instead, they may begin in the fallopian tube.

Because ovarian cancer is often found in late stages, it is difficult for doctors and researchers to know what the early stages of the cancer look like and to analyze the early lesions to discover what went wrong. In most cases of late-stage ovarian cancer, however, cancer lesions were also found in the fallopian tubes. Additionally, some women who underwent a prophylactic oophorectomy still developed tumors in other areas of the pelvic region. Further research has indicated that the serous carcinoma may originate in the fallopian tubes.

In one study, women with high risks for ovarian cancer underwent a prophylactic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. In some women, researchers found evidence of cells that lead to ovarian cancer in the secretory cells lining the fimbria. This has lead to the theory that the cancer cells form in the fallopian tubes, break away, and pass across the ovaries by the fimbria (finger like appendages at the ends of the tubes) where they implant.

Hopefully more research will lead to earlier detection and more targeted treatment options. In the mean time, some doctors are recommending prophylactic salpingectomies for women who are at risk for ovarian cancer and who are having a gynecological surgery.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-15-2011 - 09:22 PM


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