Fallopian tube cancer happens when malignant tumors appear in the fallopian tubes, which link a woman’s ovaries to the womb and they are responsible for transporting eggs during her childbearing years. The condition is hard to detect, especially in its early stages, as most of the cancer cells only carry a small percent of high-grade serious cancers (HGSC). However, advanced-stage cancer usually present as HGSC.
Pain with intercourse
Swelling in the pelvis or abdomen
Blood tests may be carried out to check for CA125, a tumor marker for fallopian tube cancer. A raised level of CA125 may point to the presence of fallopian tube cancer or ovarian cancer. However, the test results may not be absolute as the tumor marker may also be present in benign conditions such as fibroids or pregnancy.
Imaging tests such as ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) scan may be conducted to check for the status or progression of the cancer and if it has metastasized.
A pelvic examination may be conducted to feel for lumps or tender areas that may possibly point to the presence of a tumor. The examination will also check for unusual swelling in the reproductive system.