What are the treatment options for ovarian cancer?

Treatment for ovarian cancer usually involves a combination of surgery and chemotherapy.
Surgery which may include:
  • Salpingo-oophorectomy: surgery to remove the fallopian tubes and ovaries
  • Hysterectomy: surgical removal of the uterus
  • Pelvic lymph node dissection: removal of some of the lymph nodes from the pelvis
  • Para-aortic lymphadenectomy: removal of lymph nodes that surround the aorta, the main artery of the heart
  • Omentectomy: removal of the omentum, a layer of fatty tissue that surrounds organs in the lower gastrointestinal tract
  • Cytoreduction surgery or debulking: removal of the entire visible tumor, possibly including removal of the spleen and organs of the gastrointestinal tract
Chemotherapy uses anticancer drugs to treat cancerous cells. In most cases, chemotherapy works by interfering with the cancer cell's ability to grow or reproduce. Following surgery for ovarian cancer, chemotherapy is used to treat small cells left behind at surgery and microscopic cells that may be elsewhere in the body. Chemotherapy may also be used as the initial treatment in some women with advanced ovarian cancer.
ovarian cancer treatment

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