How Does Ovarian Cancer Affect the Body?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 18, 2012

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Cancerous cells have been stated as one of the most dangerous cells in the human body capable of causing the entire destruction of the human body if possible. The greatest threat that these cancer cells pose to mankind is their ability to move from one part of the body through metastasis. Cancer, be it any form therefore, is indeed harmful and need to be eliminated as soon as possible.


Ovarian cancer is an extremely frightening disease, especially for women of old age as it affects mostly after menopause. Ovaries are the glands that are an important part of the female reproductive system as it produces every month during the reproductive cycle. There are different types of ovarian cancer and the cause of the growth of cancerous cells is quite unknown. The cells are mostly known to grow either on the ovary or within the egg itself. Given the movement of cancerous cells, they can grow anywhere around the ovaries, thus striking the pelvic area, the intestines and then the lower back itself. Research studies show that if the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, then the condition is very much treatable. However as time goes, the condition worsens and survival chances become bleak. As time goes, the chances of the cancer cells affecting other parts of the body become stronger and thus treatment options get diminished.   


As the intestines are situated in the pelvic-abdomen region, they are one of the first organs to be affected by the cancerous cells. Thus a person affected by ovarian cancer could be seen with a swelling or bloating of the intestines. The person could also feel serious constipation and stomach issues along with the swelling of the intestines. The cancer is also known to inflict serious pain in the bones, muscles and the stomach area. This is due to the extreme pressure that’s exerted by the cancerous cells on the body. Lower back and the pelvic regions are the ones that are the most hit by the pressure. Along with exerting pressure, the cancer also drains the body completely of energy and causes the person intense fatigue and tiredness. This is because as the cancerous cells spread through the body, it simultaneously triggers a defence attack on the part of the white blood cells. Thus the white blood cells’, requiring more energy, takes it from the energy resources that the body is fed every day.  Therefore the person may feel hunger, but after even after eating, may still feel drained and completely tired. The cancer also reduces the body’s capability of transforming the essential food into energy, thus increasing fatigue and exhaustion. This is briefly how ovarian cancer affects the body.


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