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Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

Most women with ovarian cancer have vague symptoms. These signs often are like less serious conditions including indigestion, weight gain or aging. Symptoms of ovarian cancer vary from woman to woman, but they may include:

  • General abdominal discomfort or pain (gas, indigestion, pressure, swelling, bloating, cramps)
  • Bloating and/or a feeling of fullness, even after a light meal
  • Nausea, diarrhea, constipation or frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Menstrual changes

These symptoms do not always mean you have ovarian cancer. But it’s a good idea to discuss them with your health care provider if they:

  • Are new symptoms
  • Last more than a few weeks
  • Occur more than 12 times a month

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, we can help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Innovative ovarian cancer treatments, including targeted therapies
  • Highly skilled and experienced surgeons
  • Genetic testing for women at high-risk of ovarian cancer
  • Specialized care for rare ovarian cancers
  • Treatment for benign ovarian tumors
  • Nationally recognized ovarian cancer research program with multiple clinical trials
  • Aggressive ovarian cancer is part of MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program: an ambitious effort to reduce cancer deaths through the rapid discovery and implementation of new treatments

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