Ovarian Cancer Overview

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Treating Ovarian Cancer TOPICS

How is ovarian cancer treated?

About treatment

This information represents the views of the doctors and nurses serving on the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Information Database Editorial Board. These views are based on their interpretation of studies published in medical journals, as well as their own professional experience.
The treatment information in this document is not official policy of the Society and is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your cancer care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.
Your doctor may have reasons for suggesting a treatment plan different from these general treatment options. Don’t hesitate to ask him or her questions about your treatment options.

After the tests are done, your doctor will suggest one or more treatment choices. Think about these without feeling rushed. If there is anything you don’t understand, ask to have it explained. The choice of treatment depends largely on the type of cancer and the stage of the disease. If you have not had surgery yet, the exact stage may not be known. In that case, treatment is based on what is known.

Other factors that could play a part in choosing the best treatment plan might include your general state of health, whether you plan to have children, and other things that are important to you. Be sure you understand all the risks and side effects of different treatments before you make a decision.

The main treatments for ovarian cancer are:

Some early cancers may be treated with surgery alone, but most patients are treated with surgery and chemotherapy. Patients with advanced cancers may be treated with chemotherapy without surgery.

Last Medical Review: 08/08/2014
Last Revised: 01/26/2015