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Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Ovarian Cancer Australia has developed information on current treatment for ovarian cancer, including clinical trials and information on side effects and how to best manage them. 


Your Healthcare Team

Your initial investigations, and any treatment are managed by a group of healthcare professionals.  Find out more about what they do, and how best to access care.

Planning Your Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Your doctor will work out your treatment based on the stage and grade of your cancer as well as what is best for you. They will discuss all your treatment options in detail with you. They will discuss the benefits as well as the possible side effects. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – it is important you understand all your options.

Ovarian Cancer Staging and Grading

The stage of your cancer describes how far the cancer has grown and how far it has spread. The main stages of ovarian cancer are numbered from 1 to 4 and each main stage has sub-stages.

Types Of Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Information and details on different types of ovarian cancer treatment; such as surgery, chemotherapy, biological therapies, radiotherapy and personalised medicine.

Early Menopause From Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Menopause is a natural event that usually happens around the age of 50. However, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy for ovarian cancer can cause ‘early menopause’ in women who have not yet reached menopause

Personalised Medicine and Targeted Treatment

Personalised medicine is a growing area of ovarian cancer research and treatment. Below you will find some more information on what personalised medicine is, and some information on current programs around Australia looking at personalised medicine in ovarian cancer.

Treating Ovarian Cancer That Comes Back

Cancer that comes back is called a ‘recurrence’. A recurrence of ovarian cancer usually means the cancer has started to grow again near where the original cancer began or in another part of your body.

Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a carefully designed research study involving people. Each study has a specific aim, which may include finding better ways to diagnose or treat ovarian cancer.

Managing Ovarian Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Side Effects

Ovarian cancer and its treatment can cause symptoms and side effects. These vary from woman to woman, at different times of the illness and treatment. Coping with these symptoms and side effects can be very difficult.

Follow-Up Care

After completing treatment, many people go into a period of remission, where there is no evidence of ovarian cancer. Members of your healthcare team will talk with you about your follow-up care.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Many women with ovarian cancer are interested in trying complementary therapies. These are natural therapies used alongside mainstream/conventional cancer treatments (e.g. chemotherapy, radiotherapy), which aim to treat both mind and body.

Want to talk?

Ovarian Cancer Australia's Helpline is available to call 9am - 5pm AET Monday to Friday 

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Ovarian Cancer Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where our office is located, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.