Cancer arising in the fallopian tubes has been thought to be rare. However 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. Response to treatment will be similarly dependent on type, grade and stage of the cancer, as will chances of recovery and survival.