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Ovarian carcinosarcoma

Other Names for this Disease
  • Malignant mixed mullerian tumor of the ovary
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Your Question

Is ovarian carcinosarcoma typically hereditary?  My mother was recently diagnosed with this type of cancer.  I'm wondering if ovarian carcinosarcoma with a primary sarcoma component is typically seen in genetic conditions.

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Is there a hereditary cause for ovarian carcinosarcoma?

Ovarian carcinosarcoma is not thought to be caused by an inherited gene mutation.[1]  However, one article in the medical literature suggests that an inherited mutation in the BRCA2 gene contributed to the development of ovarian carcinosarcoma in one woman.[2]
Last updated: 3/29/2013

  • del Carmen MG, Birrer M, Schorge JO. Carcinosarcoma of the ovary: a review of the literature. Gynecologic Oncology. 2012; 125:271-277. Accessed 8/31/2012.
  • Sonoda Y, Saigo PE, Federici MG, Boyd J. Carcinosarcoma of the ovary in a patient with a germline BRCA2 mutation: evidence for monoclonal origin. Gynecologic Oncology. 2000; 76:226-229. Accessed 3/27/2013.