Fallopian Tube Cancer - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Simi Paknikar
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Simi Paknikar, MD
Last Updated on Apr 16, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for abnormal vaginal bleeding and discharge?

You should consult a gynecologist.

2. Are there screening tests for tubal cancer?

There are no screening tests for fallopian tube cancer.

3. What are the side effects of cancer chemotherapy?

Side effects of cancer chemotherapy include nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, mouth sores, tiredness, anemia, reduced white cell count and recurrent infections, hair loss and tingling or numbness of the hands and feet.

4. Is hormonal therapy useful for fallopian tube cancer?

Occasionally, hormonal therapy may be used for recurrent tubal cancer if tests show that the cancer is hormone sensitive.

5. Will fallopian tube cancer recur in the future after initial treatment?

Though rare, there is possibility of recurrence. You will be closely followed up for several years after the initial treatment to pick up any recurrence early on and treat immediately.

6. Can I have a normal sex life after surgery for tubal cancer?

Yes but you should wait for 6 to 8 weeks for the wound to heal following which it may be considered safe to have sex. Consult your doctor to ensure the wound is healed and there are no other issues.

7. What is the prognosis of fallopian tube cancer?

For ovarian and fallopian tube cancers diagnosed early and managed before they spread outside the ovaries and tubes, the overall 5-year survival rate is about 92%. Approximately 15% of women are identified at this stage. If the cancer has spread to neighboring tissues or organs, the 5-year survival rate is 73%. When the cancer has spread to a distant sites of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 29%.

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