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Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian Cancer is a disease in which cancer cells are found in the ovaries. In addition to forming in the ovary, cancers that form in the nearby fallopian tube or in the peritoneum (the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity) and spread to the ovary are often considered ovarian cancer, therefore following the same course of treatment. Most ovarian cancers form after menopause, with over half being found in women of 63 years of age or older.1

Two or more different types of treatment are most commonly used to treat ovarian cancer. Surgery is the primary treatment for ovarian cancer and is used to both correctly evaluate the cancer and to remove as much of the cancerous material as possible. Other treatments include the use of one or more chemotherapeutic agents, targeted therapy, which unlike traditional chemotherapy, specifically targets cancer cells, and radiation therapy. Additionally, for ovarian stromal tumours, hormone therapy may be used.1