NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Ovarian cancer
How to use this booklet
Who should read this booklet?
This booklet is about treatment of cancer in the epithelial
cells of the ovaries, called epithelial ovarian cancer.
Epithelial ovarian cancer is the most common type of
ovarian cancer. This booklet also discusses borderline
epithelial ovarian cancer, which has cells that are
abnormal but not clearly cancer. This booklet may
be helpful for patients, caregivers, family, and friends
dealing with this cancer.
Where should I start reading?
Reading the booklet in order from the beginning to the
end may be the most helpful if you do not know much
about ovarian cancer. The first parts of the booklet
provide basic information that will make it easier to
understand later parts. As you read through this booklet,
you may find it helpful to create a list of questions to ask
Does the whole booklet apply to me?
This booklet includes important information for many
situations. Thus, not everyone will get every test and
treatment listed. Part 1 reviews some basics about
cancer and the ovaries. Part 2 describes who should be
tested for ovarian cancer and which tests are used. The
information in Parts 3 through 7 is for people who have
This booklet includes the recommendations that the
NCCN doctors agree are most useful for most patients.
However, each patient is unique and these specific
recommendations may not be right for you. Your doctor
may suggest other tests or treatments based on your
medical history and other factors. This booklet does not
replace the knowledge and suggestions of your doctors.
Making sense of medical terms
In this booklet, many medical words are included that
describe cancer, tests, and treatments. These are words
that you will likely hear your treatment team use in the
months and years ahead. Some of this information may
be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Words that you may not know are defined in the text
or the sidebar. Words with sidebar definitions are
underlined when first used on a page. All definitions
are listed in the
in Part 10. Acronyms are
also listed in the text or the sidebar. Acronyms are
words formed from the first letters of other words.
One example is U.S. for United States.