NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Ovarian Cancer - page 8

Part 1: About ovarian cancer
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Ovarian cancer
Version 1.2013
Ovarian cancer cells can also spread throughout the
body through lymph or blood. Lymph is a clear fluid that
feeds cells and has white blood cells that fight germs.
Lymph nodes are small groups of special disease-fighting
cells located throughout the body. Lymph nodes remove
the germs from lymph fluid, which travels throughout the
body in vessels like blood does. As shown in Figure 3,
lymph vessels and nodes are found everywhere in
the body.
The spread of cancer cells makes cancer dangerous.
However, borderline ovarian cancer is less dangerous.
This is because borderline ovarian tumors have
noninvasive implants and grow on the surface of organs
but do not invade.
Figure 3. Lymph nodes and vessels
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