Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
To help find the cause of your symptoms, a healthcare provider will evaluate your medical history, perform a physical exam, and order diagnostic tests. Exams and tests that may be used to make an ovarian cancer diagnosis include:
If a positive diagnosis is made, your healthcare provider will want to determine the stage of ovarian cancer (see Ovarian Cancer Stages). Staging is a careful attempt to find out whether the cancer has spread and, if so, to what parts of the body. Staging may involve surgery, x-rays and other imaging procedures, and lab tests. Knowing the stage of ovarian cancer will help your healthcare provider plan the appropriate ovarian cancer treatment.