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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

:

Ovarian Cancer, Version 1.2017

2

Testing for ovarian cancer

General health tests

Part 2 describes the tests that are

recommended for ovarian cancer.

These tests are used to find and confirm

(diagnose) ovarian cancer and plan

treatment. They are also used to monitor

your health and check treatment results.

Your doctor may suspect ovarian cancer if you have

certain symptoms. Or, ovarian cancer may have

been found by a prior surgery. To confirm (diagnose)

ovarian cancer and plan treatment, a number of

tests are needed.

Guide 1

lists the different types

of tests that are used for ovarian cancer. Read the

next pages to learn more about these tests, including

when and why each test is recommended. Some

tests are done at the initial visit, while other tests are

done soon after a diagnosis. It is helpful to ask your

doctor which tests you will have and when you can

expect the results.

Guide 1. Tests

Type of test Recommended tests

General health tests

ª

• Family and medical history

• Genetic counseling and testing

• Check nutritional status

• Abdominal and pelvic exam

Blood tests

ª

• CBC (

c

omplete

b

lood

c

ount)

• Blood chemistry profile with liver function tests

• Total serum protein

• CA-125 (

c

ancer

a

ntigen

125

) and other tumor markers

Imaging tests

ª

• Ultrasound

• CT (

c

omputed

t

omography) scan of the abdomen and pelvis

• MRI (

m

agnetic

r

esonance

i

maging) scan of the abdomen and

pelvis

• Chest x-ray or CT scan of the chest

• GI (

g

astro

i

ntestinal) evaluation

Tissue tests

ª

• Biopsy

• Review of tumor tissue