Overy Cancer Treatment

The main treatments for ovarian cancer are:

  • surgery
  • chemotherapy
    • The treatment patient have will depend on the stage patient cancer has reached.

      Treating advanced ovarian cancer

      Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage (3 or 4) when it has spread to other parts of the abdomen. Advanced cancer may not be curable. The goal of treatment is to put the tumour into remission so it shrinks or disappears, making patient feel normal and able to enjoy a full life.

      Surgery is successful in early stages of cancer and cured the patient completely. In the late stages surgery can reduce cancer burden and prolongs life.

      The majority of women who have ovarian cancer will be considered for surgery. Sometimes, it is not possible to confirm the stage of the cancer until the surgery.

      Patient’s doctor will discuss with patient what will happen during the surgery. The surgery will probably involve removing:

      • Both ovaries and the fallopian tubes (called a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy)
      • The uterus (called a total abdominal hysterectomy)
      • The omentum, a fatty layer of tissue within the abdomen (called an omentectomy)

      The surgeon may also remove the lymph nodes from the pelvis and abdomen. They may also take samples of nearby tissue and send it to the laboratory to see if the cancer has spread.

      If the cancer has spread, the surgeon will try to remove as much of it as possible. This is known as debulking surgery.