Ovarian cancer is the name specific to cancer of the
in the female reproductive system. Women are more likely to develop ovarian cancer from middle age or if they have a familial history of ovarian cancer. Symptoms can include bloating, urinary frequency, abdominal pain and changes in appetite. To diagnose ovarian cancer a GP will first perform a
to gently feel for abnormalities. An
will generally show any tumours that may be present. If there are abnormalities in the ultrasound the patient will be referred to a
for further tests including blood tests, a
diagnostic laparoscopic surgery
. If positively diagnosed with ovarian cancer, a team of specialists will care for the patient including
. Treatment of ovarian cancer normally begins with surgical removal of as much of the cancer as possible. A
removes the uterus and both ovaries and fallopian tubes.
after surgery will help to kill any remaining cancer cells.
is another treatment for killing cancer cells and/or improving symptoms.
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