Ovarian Cancer Overview

Ovarian cancer warning signs include ongoing pain or cramps in the belly or back, abnormal vaginal bleeding, nausea, and bloating. Depending on the cancer stage, ovarian cancer treatment includes surgery and chemotherapy.

Overview & Facts

The American Cancer Society predicts 20,180 new cases of ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2006. Learn about ovarian cancer’s causes, risk factors, and prevention.

What Is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer starts in the ovaries and can spread to other parts of the body. Read a short overview of ovarian cancer.

Find out how ovarian cancer starts and develops.

Ovarian cancer is cancer of the ovaries, part of women’s reproductive system.


Scientists are hunting for the exact cause of ovarian cancer — read what they know so far.

Symptoms & Types

Ovarian cancer often starts silently, not showing symptoms until its later stages. What should you watch for, and what are the stages of ovarian cancer? Find out.


Early ovarian cancer often does not show any obvious signs. But here are 12 symptoms that may occur in the later stages.

Warning Signs

Since early ovarian cancer often causes no symptoms, it’s tough to know when you should be concerned. But if you have any of these warning signs, ask your doctor just to be sure.

Diagnosis & Tests

Currently, ovarian cancer isn’t often found in its early stages, due to few symptoms and no reliable screening tests. Learn about ovarian cancer diagnosis and tests.

Treatment & Care

Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation may be used to treat ovarian cancer, depending on the disease’s stage. Find out what to expect from ovarian cancer treatment.


Get an overview of treatment for ovarian cancer, including surgery and chemotherapy.

Learn about home treatment for side effects of ovarian cancer treatment.

Learn about chemotherapy medications used to treat ovarian cancer and side effects to watch out for.

Read about surgery for ovarian cancer and possible complications.

Find out more about complementary therapies that may be used in combination with traditional medical care for ovarian cancer.

Living & Managing

If you or a loved one has ovarian cancer, you may want to read these tips and personal stories about living with and managing the disease and its treatment.

Living and Coping

Getting chemotherapy for ovarian cancer? Learn how to ease chemo-related nausea and vomiting.

If you’re an ovarian cancer patient, you may want to ask your doctor these 10 questions about your condition and treatment.

When you’ve got ovarian cancer, you may not feel like eating much. But it’s important to get good nutrition during cancer treatment. Find out about foods to nourish your body during treatment.

If you’ve got ovarian cancer, how can you preserve your fertility? Read about fertility after cancer treatment, including a brief mention of preserving ovarian tissue.


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