Originally Posted by busymommy
If ovarian cancer can only be diagnosed by biopsy but one goes in for a pelvic ultrasound and there is nothing abnormal noted with the ovaries, why would a biopsy be performed? I read this on a prior post:
“Your Gyn/Ob is very wrong when she/he says that ovarian cancer is detected by pelvic ultrasound. Ovarian cancer can only be diagnosed through biopsy. What your gyn/ob may be saying is that you have no cysts and there is nothing wrong with your ovaries therefore no reason to suspect ovarian cancer.”
Then what would they biopsy if the ovaries looked ok upon ultrasound?
Well, cancer starts off microscopic.
By the time it's large enough to deform the ovaries, such as would be visible on an ultrasound (which is not very detailed, if you've ever seen one), it's already pretty far advanced.
I think biopsy could certainly detect it a lot sooner, which is why biopsy is the recommended diagnostic tool when ovarian cancer is suspected.
I mean, any type of cancer could be picked up by x-ray eventually
- once it's large enough that there's a visible tumor- but why wait that long, when we have the screening and diagnostic tools to pick it up early, while it's still highly curable?