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Ovarian Cancer, Version 1.2017

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How can I know if the cancer has or will spread?

Cancer staging

Cancer staging is how doctors find out how far the cancer has

grown and spread in your body.

It is used to plan which treatments are best for you

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Staging is often done during surgery. This is called surgical

staging.

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Cancer stage

The cancer stage is a rating of the extent of the cancer.

It is based on the growth of the first tumor and its spread to

other parts of your body.

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Cancer grade

The cancer grade is a rating of how much the cancer cells look

like normal cells.

It’s a sign of how fast the cancer will likely grow and spread.

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How advanced is the cancer?

Stage I

Cancer is only in the ovaries. It may be in one or both ovaries.

Cancer cells may be found in fluid near the ovaries. But, cancer

cells have not spread to any other organs or tissues.

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Stage II

Cancer has spread outside the ovary to nearby organs or

tissues in the pelvis. It has not spread outside the pelvis.

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Stage III

Cancer has spread outside the pelvis to organs and tissues

in the belly (abdomen). It has spread to the tissue lining the

abdomen, nearby lymph nodes, or both.

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Stage IV

Cancer has spread outside the pelvis and abdomen to organs

and tissues far away.

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What is treatment like?

It depends on which treatment you have. There may be more than one treatment to

choose from. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

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All treatments can cause side effects. But, how your body will react can’t be fully known.

Ask your treatment team for a list of side effects for any treatment you have.

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