Fallopian tube cancer

What is fallopian tube cancer?

Fallopian tube cancer starts in cells of the Fallopian tubes. Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and risks in our guide to Fallopian tube cancer.

Risk factors for fallopian tube cancer

Risk factors for Fallopian tube cancer include BRCA gene mutations, family history and chronic inflammation. Learn about Fallopian tube cancer risk.

Finding fallopian tube cancer early

When Fallopian tube cancer is detected and treated early, the chances of successful treatment are better. Recognizing symptoms and getting regular checkups are the best ways to detect Fallopian tube cancer early. The sooner symptoms are reported, the sooner a doctor can diagnose and treat the cancer.

Symptoms of fallopian tube cancer

Symptoms of Fallopian tube cancer include abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge. Learn about the symptoms of Fallopian tube cancer.

Diagnosis of fallopian tube cancer

Tests to diagnose Fallopian tube cancer, such as ultrasound, are done when symptoms are present. Learn about diagnosing Fallopian tube cancer.

Grading fallopian tube cancer

Grading is a way of classifying Fallopian tube cancer cells based on their appearance and behaviour. To find out the grade of a tumour, the biopsy sample is examined under a microscope. A grade is given based on how the cancer cells look and behave compared with normal cells (differentiation).

Stages of fallopian tube cancer

Staging is a way of describing or classifying a cancer based on the extent of cancer in the body. The most common staging system for Fallopian tube cancer is the TNM system. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) uses the TNM system to describe the extent of many solid tumour cancers.

If fallopian tube cancer spreads

Cancer cells can spread from the Fallopian tubes to other parts of the body where they can grow into new tumours. This process is called metastasis. The tumours are also called metastasis (singular) or metastases (plural). Metastases are also called secondary tumours.

Prognosis and survival for fallopian tube cancer

Women with Fallopian tube cancer may have questions about their prognosis and survival. Prognosis and survival depend on many factors. Only a doctor familiar with a person’s medical history, type of cancer, stage, characteristics of the cancer, treatments chosen and response to treatment can put all of this information together with survival statistics to arrive at a prognosis.

Treatments for fallopian tube cancer

Treatments for Fallopian tube cancer include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Learn about treatment plans and options for Fallopian tube cancer.

Supportive care for fallopian tube cancer

Supportive care helps women meet the physical, practical, emotional and spiritual challenges of Fallopian tube cancer. It is an important part of cancer care. There are many programs and services available to help meet the needs and improve the quality of life of people living with cancer and their loved ones, especially after treatment has ended.

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