StagingAfter the cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the ovaries or to other parts of the body. The process that is used to determine this is called staging. It is important to know the stage in order to make a treatment plan.
Specific ovarian cancer stages include:
- Stage I
- Stage II
- Stage III
- Stage IV.
Treatment for Ovarian CancerWomen with this type of cancer have many treatment options available to them, including:
- Surgery (see Ovarian Cancer Surgery)
- Radiation therapy (see Ovarian Cancer Radiation)
- Chemotherapy (see Ovarian Cancer Chemotherapy).
Many women receive more than one type of treatment.
Your doctor can describe your treatment choices and the expected results of each. You and your doctor can work together to develop a treatment plan that best meets your medical needs and personal values.
- The ovarian cancer type
- The stage of ovarian cancer
- A woman's age and general health
- Whether the cancer has just been diagnosed or has recurred (come back).
The overall 5-year relative ovarian cancer survival rate for 1996-2002 was 44.7 percent.