NCCN Quick Guide™ | Ovarian Cancer

1 of 2 NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Ovarian Cancer, 2019 This NCCNQUICK GUIDE tm sheet summarizes key points from the complete NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Ovarian Cancer. These guidelines explain which tests and treatments are recommended by experts in cancer. To view and download the guidelines, visit NCC N.or g/patients or, to order printed copies, visit What is ovarian cancer? „„ Ovarian cancer is a disease in which cells in the ovary grow out of control and form a mass called a tumor. Cancer cells can separate from the original tumor and spread to form tumors in other parts of the body. This is called metastasis. „„ There is more than one type of ovarian cancer. Epithelial ovarian cancer is the most common type and is the focus of this patient guide. 8 What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer? „„ Your doctor may suspect ovarian cancer if you have certain symptoms that are new and frequent. Such symptoms include feeling bloated, indigestion, pain in your pelvis or belly, trouble eating or feeling full fast, and needing to urinate often or urgently. 10 What are some tests I can expect before treatment? Genetic counseling and testing NCCN experts recommend genetic counseling for all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Genetic counseling is a discussion with a health expert, typically a genetic counselor, about the risk for a disease caused by changes in genes. Genetic counseling may help you decide whether to be tested for hereditary ovarian cancer. 13 Imaging tests Different types of imaging tests are used to look for ovarian cancer, plan treatment, and check treatment results. Ultrasound is often the first test used to look for ovarian cancer. 14 Tumor marker testing CA-125 is the most commonly used tumor marker test for ovarian cancer. This test alone cannot diagnose ovarian cancer, but high levels of this protein in the blood may be a sign of ovarian cancer. 17 NCCN Guideline s for Patients ® Page Number Ü NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Ovarian Cancer Epithelial Ovarian Cancer 2019