Unfortunately, because of the vague nature of their symptoms, Primary Peritoneal Cancer (PPC) and Fallopian Tube Cancer (FTC) are usually diagnosed in advanced stages of disease, when achieving a cure is difficult. The typical symptoms of both are more commonly gastrointestinal rather than gynecologic in nature, and include abdominal bloating, changes in bowel habits and an early feeling of fullness after eating. When bloating is severe, nausea and vomiting may result. Occasionally, patients can present with a blockage of the intestines related to tumor on or next to the bowels. Vaginal bleeding is infrequently seen in patients with PPC but may be a little more common in patients with FTC.
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.
Read the 2015 Fact Sheet: The Role of Heredity in Gynecologic Cancer
Look for the Foundation’s ad in the September issue of Family Circle!