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VCU Massey Cancer Center

Signs and symptoms

What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

The following are the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer; however, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • General discomfort in the lower abdomen, including any/all of the following:
    • Feeling swollen or bloated.
    • A loss of appetite or a feeling of fullness — even after a light meal
    • Gas, indigestion and nausea.
  • Weight loss.
  • Diarrhea or constipation, or frequent urination caused by the growing tumor, which may press on nearby organs, such as the bowel or bladder.
  • Bleeding from the vagina.
  • Build up of fluid around the lungs, which may cause shortness of breath.

In many cases, symptoms do not occur until the ovarian cancer is in an advanced stage. The symptoms of ovarian cancer may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.