Granulosa cell tumor of the ovary
Other Names for this Disease
- Adult granulosa cell tumor of the ovary
- GCT of the ovary
- Granulosa theca cell tumor
- Granulosa theca cell tumor of the ovary
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Your QuestionMy daughter was diagnosed with a granulosa cell tumor of the ovary five years ago while having a routine operation on her womb. She has been monitored for the last 5 years by internal ultrasound. Recently, her ovary, fallopian tube, and a tumor on her bladder were removed during surgery. I am concerned that no one seems to know much about the best follow-up treatment for her.
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Surgery is the first step of treating a granulosa cell tumor of the ovary and aims to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Additional treatments - such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or hormone therapy - may follow surgery depending on the severity and extent of the original tumor, or if the tumor regrows after surgery (a recurrence). These treatments may improve survival or increase the length of disease-free time before a recurrence. After treatments are complete, individuals should continue to have regular visits with their physicians to check for recurrences. These visits should include updating the medical history, a pelvic examination, and possibly blood testing to look for chemicals produced by cancer cells (tumor markers). If there are any suspicious findings during these visits, an imaging test such as a CT scan may be done.
Last updated: 11/14/2011
- Michener CM, Starks DC. Granulosa-Theca Cell Tumors . eMedicine. Janaury 2010; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/254489-overview#showall. Accessed 11/9/2011.