Cancer of the Fallopian Tubes
Cancer arising in the Fallopian tube has been thought to be rare, although recently, it has been demonstrated that, in some cases, a woman’s epithelial “ovarian” or peritoneal carcinoma has probably started in her Fallopian tube. This is particularly likely if she has a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. There may be a watery vaginal discharge, but otherwise her symptoms will be comparable to those of a woman with epithelial ovarian carcinoma.
These cancers act in a similar way to epithelial ovarian cancers and are treated accordingly with surgery, usually followed by chemotherapy. Her response to treatment will be similarly dependent on type, grade and stage of the cancer, as will her chances of recovery and survival.