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The goal of treatment is to eliminate all cancer from your body. If that is not possible, treatment aims to extend your comfort by removing or killing as much cancer as possible. The treatment and management of ovarian cancer may involve simple or radical surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or any combination of the above.

The physical effects from your cancer and its treatment will determine what lifestyle changes you need to make. Some effects will be temporary, but some may be permanent. You should talk to your doctor at every stage of treatment to find out how best to manage the effects of your tumor and treatment.

Treatment may involve the following:

Chemotherapy
Radiation
Surgery
Medications
Lifestyle changes
Other treatments

References:

Detailed guide: ovarian cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/. Accessed January 3, 2014.

Kasper DL, Harrison TR. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 14th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 1998.

Ovarian cancer. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated December 2013. Accessed January 3, 2014.

Ovarian cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/ovarian. Accessed April 8, 2009.



Last reviewed January 2014 by Michael Woods, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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