General Information About Ovarian Low Malignant Potential Tumors
Key Points for This Section
Ovarian low malignant potential tumors have abnormal cells that may become cancer, but usually do not. This disease usually remains in the ovary. When disease is found in one ovary, the other ovary should also be checked carefully for signs of disease.
The ovaries are a pair of organs in the female reproductive system. They are in the pelvis, one on each side of the uterus (the hollow, pear-shaped organ where a fetus grows). Each ovary is about the size and shape of an almond. The ovaries make eggs and female hormones.
Early ovarian low malignant potential tumor may not cause any symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they may include the following:
- Pain or swelling in the abdomen.
- Pain in the pelvis.
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as gas, bloating, or constipation.
These symptoms may be caused by other conditions. If the symptoms get worse or do not go away on their own, check with your doctor.
- The stage of the disease (whether it affects part of the ovary, involves the whole ovary, or has spread to other places in the body).
- What type of cells make up the tumor.
- The size of the tumor.
- The patient’s general health.
Patients with ovarian low malignant potential tumors have a good prognosis, especially when the tumor is found early.