Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer were more than three times more likely than the general public to be diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorder, according to results presented by Hu et al during the virtual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2021 (Abstract 900).
Can ovarian cancer affect your mood?
Ovarian cancer, especially in later stages, can bring about many emotions. Research shows that nearly half of people with advanced cancer have symptoms of mental disorders, including adjustment order and depression.
How does ovarian cancer affect mental health?
Ovarian cancer presents a range of physical and psychological symptoms during stages of diagnosis, treatment, and survival. Women at risk for ovarian cancer who attend screening programs are vulnerable to high levels of depression and anxiety, particularly young women with poor social support.
What is the physical impact of ovarian cancer?
The patient may feel an abdominal mass. A case-control study showed that symptoms independently associated with the presence of ovarian cancer were pelvic and abdominal pain, increased abdominal size and bloating and difficulty eating or feeling full.
Can ovarian cancer cause mental confusion?
The diagnosis of ovarian cancer evokes many different emotions. A few had suspected they might have cancer and had not been particularly surprised, although some were taken aback to hear that it had spread. However, many were shocked. Several women described a sense of numbness, confusion or disbelief.
What were your early symptoms of ovarian cancer?
11 Early signs of ovarian cancer
- Constant discomfort in the lower abdomen.
- Persistent stomach bloating.
- An enlarged abdomen or a lump felt on lying down.
- Difficulty eating and feeling full quickly.
- Frequent urination.
- Constipation and other digestive changes.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Low fever.
Can ovarian cancer cause bowel problems?
Other ovarian cancer symptoms may include: a change in your normal bowel habit (diarrhoea or constipation)
What kind of leg pain is associated with ovarian cancer?
Although leg swelling can be caused by several unrelated health concerns, ovarian cancer is one of several cancer types known to cause edema. About 20 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer develop leg swelling.
Where is the first place ovarian cancer spreads to?
Metastatic ovarian cancer is an advanced stage malignancy that has spread from the cells in the ovaries to distant areas of the body. This type of cancer is most likely to spread to the liver, the fluid around the lungs, the spleen, the intestines, the brain, skin or lymph nodes outside of the abdomen.
What is the most common presenting symptom of ovarian cancer?
The symptoms most commonly reported were bloating, increased abdominal size, fatigue, urinary tract symptoms, and pelvic or abdominal pain.