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Posted by: Dot | 2019/03/04

Q.

Ovarian Cancer - Future Tests

First Question: My sister has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer which has spread to her lungs. According to the doctor in an "advanced stage". What does this mean? Will chemo help her? She is currently at a state hospital. Second Question: Should I be worried about this for myself? Are there tests that one can ask your doctor to do to determine if you are at risk?

Expert's Reply

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Cancer expert
- 2019/03/06

Dear Dot, I am sorry to hear that you sister has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer that has spread to her lungs (advanced stage). About 20-25% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a hereditary tendency to develop the disease. The most significant risk factor for ovarian cancer is an inherited genetic mutation in one of two genes: Breast Cancer gene 1 (BRCA1) or Breast Cancer gene 2 (BRCA2). It is, therefore, advisable for you to be tested to see whether you also have the mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. (MCH).

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