Fallopian Tube Cancer

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What is Fallopian Tube cancer?

Fallopian tube cancer arises in the tubes connecting the ovaries to the womb. It's particularly challenging for doctors to differentiate between fallopian tube cancer and ovarian cancer that has spread to the fallopian tubes. However, it's classified as fallopian tube cancer if:

  • The cancer is primarily located in the fallopian tube rather than the ovaries.
  • Precancerous cells known as STIC lesions (serous tubal intraepithelial carcinomas) are found on the inner surface of the fallopian tube.
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What are the symptoms of fallopian tube cancer?

Fallopian tube cancer often presents vague symptoms, especially in its early stages, resembling those of ovarian cancer:

  • Vaginal bleeding unrelated to menstrual cycles.
  • Watery vaginal discharge, sometimes bloody.
  • Abdominal pain or bloating.
  • A swollen abdomen
  • Frequent urination and feeling full quickly.
  • Constipation and chronic back pain.
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What are the causes and risk factors of fallopian tube cancer?

The exact cause of fallopian tube cancer remains elusive. However, several potential risk factors have been identified:

  • Women with the BRCA1 gene, linked to breast and ovarian cancer, face a heightened risk.
  • Having close relatives (mother, sister, daughter) with ovarian or breast cancer increases the risk.
  • Majority of the diagnoses occur in women over 63.
  • Hormone replacement therapy after menopause, early menstruation and late menopause.
  • Infertility issues and having no pregnancies.
  • Conditions like Lynch syndrome and Peutz-Jeghers syndrome.
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Treatment options for Fallopian Tube Cancer

Fallopian tube cancer is treated similarly to ovarian cancer. Potential treatments include: 

  • Surgery: The main approach is to remove as much of the cancer as possible. This often involves removing the uterus (hysterectomy) and the affected fallopian tube and ovary (salpingo-oophorectomy).
  • Chemotherapy: Administered before surgery to shrink the tumor or post-surgery to destroy remaining cancer cells. Common drugs include carboplatin and paclitaxel.
  • Targeted Therapy: This focuses on halting the growth of specific cancer cells, causing minimal damage to healthy cells.
  • Clinical Trials: Some patients may opt for experimental treatments still in development.
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