Ovarian Epithelial Cancer
Before starting treatment for ovarian epithelial cancer, patients may want to consider taking part in a clinical trial. A clinical trial is a research study meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for patients with cancer. When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the current standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment.
The prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options for ovarian epithelial cancer will depend on:
- The stage of the cancer
- The type and size of the tumor
- The patient's age and general health
- Whether the cancer has just been diagnosed or has recurred (come back).
Key points to keep in mind regarding ovarian epithelial cancer are as follows:
- Ovarian epithelial cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissue covering the ovary
- Women who have a family history of ovarian cancer are at an increased risk of developing ovarian epithelial cancer
- Some ovarian epithelial cancers are caused by inherited gene mutations
- Women with an increased risk of ovarian cancer may consider preemptive surgery to prevent it
- Possible signs of ovarian epithelial cancer include pain or swelling in the abdomen
- Tests that examine the ovaries, pelvic area, blood, and ovarian tissue are used to detect and diagnose ovarian cancer
- Certain factors affect ovarian treatment options and prognosis.