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Just diagnosed with ovarian cancer

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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 usually involves a 'laparotomy', during which the surgeon will remove as much of the tumour as possible through a vertical cut in your abdomen. They will usually take a biopsy at the beginning of the operation to confirm it is cancer.

The operation usually involves removing the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, uterus, omentum (the fat pad around the organs in your abdomen), the appendix, lymph glands and sometimes some of the bowel.

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, or by calling their information line on 1300 660 334.

Last reviewed: December 2017

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