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.
After surviving cancer, women look for a community of support and guidance. In a video produced by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, survivors share how they live and thrive after endometrial cancer. As described by one survivor, “You can get better.”
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. After creating the month in 1999, the Foundation strives to bring attention about these cancers through public awareness campaigns.