What is Fallopian Tube Cancer?

Cancer of the fallopian tubes originates in the tubes that connect the uterus and ovaries. While other gynecologic cancers may spread to the fallopian tubes, it is rare for cancer to develop there. According to National Cancer Institute (NCI) data, fallopian tube cancer accounts for fewer than 1 percent of all gynecologic cancers.

Our approach to fallopian tube cancer

We treat all gynecologic cancers with the same level of consideration, whether they are common and highly treatable or extremely rare and aggressive. Fallopian tube cancer is one of the least common of the gynecologic cancers and its symptoms often mimic those of other less serious conditions, so diagnosis can be difficult. In some cases, this cancer goes undetected until the fallopian tubes are removed during an unrelated surgical procedure.

At Roswell Park, we are vigilant in making the right diagnosis so even rare cancers like this one are well studied and equally considered along with the other, more common gynecologic cancers.

Signs & symptoms

The symptoms of fallopian tube cancer may be mistaken for other less serious conditions so it’s important to be evaluated by your physician if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below for an extended period:

  • Irregular vaginal bleeding, especially after menopause
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • A pelvic mass or lump
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain or pressure