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Local Versus Systemic Treatment for Ovarian Cancer

Treating this disease consists of either local therapy or systemic therapy.
Local Therapy
Surgery or radiation therapy is a local ovarian cancer treatment. These types of treatments remove or destroy cancer in the ovaries. If the disease has spread to other parts of the body, local therapy may be used to control it in those specific areas.
Systemic Therapy
Chemotherapy is a type of systemic treatment. With chemotherapy, medicine enters the bloodstream and destroys or controls ovarian cancer throughout the body.

Possible Side Effects of Treatment

Because treatment for ovarian cancer often damages healthy cells and tissues, side effects are common. Side effects depend mainly on the type and extent of the treatment. They may not be the same for each woman, and they may change from one treatment session to the next.
Before treatment begins, your ovarian cancer healthcare team will explain possible side effects and suggest ways to help you manage them. Also, at any stage of the disease, supportive care is available to control ovarian cancer pain and other symptoms, to relieve the side effects of treatment, and to ease emotional concerns.

Clinical Trials of Ovarian Cancer Treatments

Before treating ovarian cancer, women may want to think about taking part in a clinical trial. A clinical trial is research study meant to help improve current treatments for ovarian cancer or to obtain information on new treatments. When clinical trials show that a new method is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard one.
(Click Ovarian Cancer Research for more information.)
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