Ovarian Cancer - Diagnosis & Treatment

How is ovarian cancer treated?

Treatment for ovarian cancer usually involves a combination of surgery and chemotherapy or targeted therapy.

  • Surgery removes the ovaries, fallopian tubes (through which eggs travel from the ovaries to the uterus), uterus and affected lymph nodes.
  • Chemotherapy destroys any remaining cancer cells after surgery. This is only needed if the tumour is aggressive or if it has spread to outside of the ovary.
  • Targeted therapy is a form of treatment that identifies and attacks the cancer cells and the molecules which tell the cells to grow. This is usually used together with chemotherapy for more advanced cases or for cases which are due to genetic mutations.
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