Treatments for Ovarian Cancer

The goal of treatment is to eliminate all cancer from your body. If that is not possible, treatment aims to extend your comfort by removing or killing as much cancer as possible. The treatment and management of ovarian cancer may involve simple or radical surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or any combination of the above.

The physical effects from your cancer and its treatment will determine what lifestyle changes you need to make. Some effects will be temporary, but some may be permanent. You should talk to your physician at every stage of treatment to find out how best to manage the effects of your tumor and treatment.

Treatment may involve the following:

Chemotherapy
Radiation
Surgery
Medications
Lifestyle changes
Other treatments

References:

American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp .

Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 14th ed. McGraw-Hill; 1998.

National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/ .



Last reviewed April 2007 by Barbara Harty-Golder, MD, JD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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