Ovarian Cancer Treatment

An Aggressive Program

Surgery is almost always the first treatment step. Doctors will remove the cancerous tissue before it spreads to other areas. This is especially important in early-stage ovarian cancer.

Your doctor will tailor an aggressive treatment program to your condition. Usually, surgery is first, followed by chemotherapy.

Depending on the stage of your cancer, you will have monthly maintenance chemotherapy and follow-up visits with your cancer team after surgery. Your follow-up visits may continue for some time.

During your monthly visits, your team will test you for the tumor marker CA125. It is a chemical in your blood that is associated with ovarian cancer. Tumor markers help  your doctor evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment.


  • Chemotherapy
    Chemotherapy uses medicines to destroy cancer cells. You will receive it through your veins.
  • Radiation
    Radiation therapy uses high-dose X-rays to destroy cancer cells. You will receive radiation, like an X-ray, from outside the body. You are likely to receive it daily, Monday through Friday, for three to five weeks, based on your radiation oncologist’s recommendation.
  • Surgery
    Your doctor will remove both ovaries, the uterus, fallopian tubes and any other tissue affected by cancer.

Clinical Trials

Sometimes people with ovarian cancer take part in clinical trials. Clinical trials are research projects to test medicines and treatments.

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