Ovarian Cancer Treatment

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Our gynecologic oncology team specializes in ovarian cancer treatment. We have some of the most innovative treatments nationwide. As an NCI-designated cancer center, we also offer advanced cancer prevention and detection services. You'll also find personal support for you and your family.

Ovarian cancer occurs in the ovary. This type of cancer may start in the fallopian tubes or in the peritoneal cavity (the space within the abdomen that contains the intestines, the stomach, and the liver). 

There are three types of ovarian tumors. They occur in different kinds of cells.

  • Epithelial cells cover the surface of the ovary. Most of the tumors that grow here are benign, or not cancer. About 85% to 90% of ovarian cancer cases are epithelial ovarian cancer.
  • Germ cells form in the eggs in the ovary. We call the tumors that form here germ cell ovarian cancer.
  • Stromal cells form in the ovary and produce female hormones.

High-Risk Prevention & Early Detection 

We still do not know what causes cancer. But we have new and powerful options for prevention and treatment. We make the most powerful impact by caring for women at high-risk. We also work to catch cancer early, when it is most treatable.

Learn more about our program for high-risk ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Treatment

If you need treatment, we have options.

Surgical Treatment

Surgery can stop cancer totally. We can remove: 

  • Fallopian tubes and ovaries
  • Uterus
  • Lymph nodes

We will also take out any tumor found in the abdomen/pelvis during surgery

Medical Treatment

We usually treat women with ovarian cancer with both surgery and chemotherapy. We also offer immunotherapy.

Possible Signs of Ovarian Tumors

Ovarian cancer often doesn't cause symptoms until the cancer grows. If these symptoms happen more than 12 times a month, you'll want to see a doctor:

  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Increasing abdominal size
  • Difficulty eating
  • Feeling full quickly when eating
  • Constipation and pelvic pressure

Diagnosis begins with a pelvic exam. We feel the vagina, rectum, and lower abdomen for masses or growths. Your doctor may also order other tests:

  • Transvaginal ultrasound 
  • Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) 
  • Blood tests