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Just diagnosed with ovarian cancer

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, treatment usually involves a combination of surgery and chemotherapy.

Your doctor will discuss what will happen during the surgery with you. The surgery will probably involve removing:

  • both ovaries and the fallopian tubes (called a 'bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy')
  • the uterus (called a 'total abdominal hysterectomy')
  • the omentum, a fatty layer of tissue within the abdomen (called an 'omenectomy').

The surgeon may also remove the lymph nodes from the pelvis and abdomen. They may also take samples of nearby tissue and send it to a pathology laboratory to see if the cancer has spread.

As with most types of cancer, the outlook depends largely on how far the cancer has advanced by the time it is diagnosed, and on your age at diagnosis.

Ovarian Cancer Australia can provide more information on ovarian cancer through their website www.ovariancancer.net.au, or by calling their information line on 1300 660 334.

Sources: NHS Choices, UK (Ovarian cancer, Living with ovarian cancer), Ovarian Cancer Australia

Last reviewed: August 2015

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