Ovarian cancer

Date Published: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dr Anil Sharma talks about ovarian cancer. Anil is a specialist gynaecologist working in private practice at Auckland Central Urogynaecology in Auckland.



  • How common is ovarian cancer in NZ.
  • What are the risk factors.
  • Questions to ask and symptoms to lookout for.
  • Common diagnosis made prior to that of ovarian cancer.
  • Can we screen for ovarian cancer.
  • Red flags for ovarian cancer.
  • Performing examinations – what to look for?
  • First line tests and investigations.
  • CA125 test for screening?
  • Management in menopausal and premenopausal women.
  • What your patient can expect when being seen by a specialist.
  • Prognosis and five year outcomes.

Take home messages

  • Blurred red flags with vague outlines, so watch for vague bloating type abdominal symptoms
  • Always do a pelvic exam
  • If concerned get an urgent ultrasound and a CA125 test
  • Get a second opinion where you think there is a mass




Anil Sharma
Specialist Gynaecologist.

To contact Anil Click here.

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