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NCCN QUICK GUIDE
Ovarian Cancer, Version 1.2017
How can I know if the cancer has or will spread?
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
Staging is often done during surgery. This is called surgical
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.24
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.30
How advanced is the cancer?
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.26
Cancer has spread outside the ovary to nearby organs or
tissues in the pelvis. It has not spread outside the pelvis.26
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.28
Cancer has spread outside the pelvis and abdomen to organs
and tissues far away.28
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.34
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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