What is Primary Small Cell Ovarian Cancer of Pulmonary Type?
Primary Small Cell Ovarian Cancer of Pulmonary Type is a particularly rare, highly aggressive cancer that originates in the ovaries and exhibits characteristics similar to small cell lung cancer. The term “pulmonary type” is used to describe the histological and behavioural similarities to small cell carcinoma of the lung, despite the primary location being the ovary.
Symptoms of Primary Small Cell Ovarian Cancer of Pulmonary Type are often similar to other types of ovarian cancer and may include:
- Abdominal or pelvic discomfort
- Bloating or sudden abdominal size changes
- Feeling full quickly after eating
- Changes in menstrual cycles
- Unexplained weight loss
Disease Aetiology (Causes)
The exact cause of Primary Small Cell Ovarian Cancer of Pulmonary Type remains unclear, but it’s thought to arise from the ovarian epithelial cells. It is not related to smoking, unlike small cell lung cancer.
Diagnosis of this rare cancer is primarily done through:
- Pelvic examination to identify any abnormal growths or masses
- Imaging tests, such as ultrasound or CT scans, to get a detailed view of the ovaries
- A biopsy where a small tissue sample is removed and examined under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis
Due to the rare and aggressive nature of this cancer, a standardised treatment protocol has not been established. However, the treatment usually involves:
- Surgical resection of the tumour
- Chemotherapy regimens that are typically used for small cell lung cancer due to the similarities in cell type
- Radiation therapy may be considered, particularly in cases where the disease has metastasised
- Participation in clinical trials exploring novel treatment approaches
What Support can we Give for Primary Small Cell Ovarian Cancer of Pulmonary Type?
Primary Small Cell Ovarian Cancer of Pulmonary Type is a rare cancer, meaning it is not as well-known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Primary Small Cell Ovarian Cancer of Pulmonary Type, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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