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.
Gynecologic oncologists discuss some of the most important research presented at the 2016 SGO Annual Meeting in San Diego. Ovarian cancer survivor and patient advocate Jocelyn Alfandre (pictured) was a featured speaker at the Annual Meeting.