NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Ovarian Cancer - page 27

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Ovarian cancer
Version 1.2013
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To confirm ovarian cancer, a sample of fluid or tissue must be removed and tested for cancer cells.
The stage and grade of disease are often used for treatment planning.
Cancer staging is a way to rate the extent of the cancer.
The cancer grade is how different the cancer cells look compared to normal cells.
Staging is done before and after surgery.
Surgical staging procedures are done during surgery to remove the cancer.
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