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can ovarian cancer cause distended abdomen and pelvic?

By Anonymous June 23, 2009 - 8:18am
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They have found a cyst on my ovarie and my stomach and pelvic are real distended i am 50 years old,have had a partial hysterrectomy,and just keep gaining weight,I have not ahd a pelvic ultrasound as of yet.

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Hi Anon,

Thanks so much for your question, and welcome to EmpowHer!

Let me ask you this -- did they mention how large the cyst was on your ovary? Are you considering surgery to have it removed? Some cysts can be quite large and have this affect.

Is the distension in your abdomen more like a swelling? Or like a weight gain? Because you may also be affected by the mid-life weight gain many of us experience, which all seems to be centered around the belly (and doesn't seem to want to move no matter what we do.) It's very common for any weight we gain to be centered around our abdomen at this stage of life (I'm 51 and experiencing weight gain where I never carried weight before, and it's discouraging to say the least).

But it can also be a symptom of ovarian cancer, among other things. Here is our EmpowHer page about ovarian cancer, which includes lots of information about symptoms, risk factors and treatments:


Do you have a pelvic ultrasound scheduled? Or another appointment with your ob/gyn?

June 30, 2009 - 5:34pm
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