Signs & Symptoms

The clinical signs and symptoms for fallopian tube and primary peritoneal cancers are similar to those for ovarian cancers. In the early stages, there are usually no symptoms; however, ovarian cancers are typically found at advanced stages of disease. Ovarian malignancies tend to grow rapidly and rarely cause pain or other symptoms that might lead to early detection. The following signs and symptoms may appear [3, 15]:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Increased tightness of clothes with or without weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Constipation, flatulence (symptoms of extrinsic obstruction)
  • Nausea
  • Edema
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Abdominal masses
  • Urinary symptoms (burning, urgency, frequency)
  • Ascites (fluid in the abdomen)

Updated: June 8, 2018