How Is Ovarian Cancer Treated?

The treatment for ovarian cancer often consists of a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Multiple factors, including the stage of the disease and the patient’s age and general health are taken into account when making this decision. The patient’s doctor will discuss her specific treatment options with her.


Most patients will have surgery performed as part of their treatment plan. The goal with surgical treatment is to remove as much of the cancer as possible (a process called debulking). If ovarian cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, then the surgeon (gynecologic oncologist) has a greater chance of removing all of the cancer and curing the patient. If patients are diagnosed at later stages, they may require one or more surgical procedures.

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