NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Ovarian cancer
Part 7: Tools
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
American Cancer Society
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
Review of Part 7
A recurrence, also called a relapse, is when the cancer comes back after responding to treatment.
A biochemical relapse is when CA-125 levels increase but there are no other signs that the cancer
has come back.
A clinical relapse is when you have physical signs or symptoms that the cancer has come back.
A radiographic relapse is when imaging tests show signs that the cancer has come back.
Recurrence treatment options depend on whether the cancer comes back more or less than 6
months after completing chemotherapy treatment.