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Ovarian Cancer

Definition

Cancer that forms in tissues of the ovary (one of a pair of female reproductive glands in which the ova, or eggs, are formed). Most ovarian cancers are either ovarian epithelial cancers (cancer that begins in the cells on the surface of the ovary) or malignant germ cell tumors (cancer that begins in egg cells). Fallopian tube cancer and primary peritoneal cancer are similar to ovarian epithelial cancer and are staged and treated the same way.

Treatments*

Ovarian epithelial, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and PARP inhibitors.

Side Effects*

Common side effects may include: nausea & vomiting; loss of appetite; hari loss; hand & foot rashes; mouth sores.

Tips and Tricks

A lot has changed in 36 years with cancer treatment, but one thing that remains the same is the stress and fear of the unknown that can come with treatments. Back in the 1980’s people didn’t really talk about cancer. Having someone to talk with is the best blessing – find a support group & participate!
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The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.

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