What is the difference between fallopian tube cancer, peritoneal cancer and ovarian cancer?

All three are distinct. This is because they affect different regions of the body. Fallopian tube cancer is uncommon and develops in the fallopian tubes before becoming malignant. Peritoneal cancer cells, on the other hand, multiply in the peritoneum and spread to other areas of the body or vice versa. Ovarian malignancies are confined to the ovaries.

Fallopian tube cancer, peritoneal cancer and ovarian cancer are different because they affect different regions of the body.

The Cancer.net website has shown that fallopian tube cancer is a rare type in which cancer cells grow in the fallopian tube and spread to the ovaries and uterus. Peritoneal cancer occurs when cancer cells multiply either in the peritoneum to spread in other parts or in the ovaries to spread in the peritoneum. Ovarian cancer occurs when the cancer cells multiply in either one ovary or both ovaries.

Some people may confuse peritoneal cancer with ovarian cancer as both have similar properties and are mostly treated in a similar way. According to a study, the reason for such similarity is the peritoneum and the surface of ovaries are both made up of epithelial cells.

Besides this, another study has shown that cancer that develops in the fallopian tube is common and quite serious to cure. Earlier researchers believed that ovarian cancer always begins in the ovaries. However, recent studies have shown that cancer cells may start developing in the fallopian tube to reach ovaries. The fallopian tubes hold ovaries and allow smooth movement of eggs to the uterus without causing any damage. Although cancer in the fallopian tube is rare, high-grade cancers arise from the fallopian tube rather than ovaries.

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