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Treating Ovarian Cancer That Comes Back

Treating Ovarian Cancer That Comes Back (recurs)

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.

It can be difficult to learn your cancer has come back. However, there is still treatment available. While a cure may not be possible at this stage, many women can live for an extended time with a good quality of life. Every woman is different, so it is important you speak with your oncologist about your individual situation and outcomes.

The approach to treatment and the prognosis depends on how long it took for the cancer to come back after completing chemotherapy. The longer the interval before it comes back, the better. If the interval is greater than six months, this is called ‘platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer’. If the interval is shorter and less than six months, it is called ‘platinum-resistant ovarian cancer’.

The most common type of treatment for ovarian cancer that has come back is chemotherapy. This is called ‘second line’ chemotherapy. The aim of treatment is to shrink the cancer and control it for as long as possible. You and your healthcare team will work together to treat and manage the cancer.

Living with ovarian cancer: Fear of Recurrence

Jan talks about her experience with recurrence and managing fear of recurrence and the importance of never giving up hope.

More information

  • For more information on recurrent ovarian cancer and its treatment, you can call Ovarian Cancer Australia on 1300 660 334 or email support@ovariancancer.net.au

  • Our private Facebook Support Group allows you to connect and share with other people living with ovarian cancer in a safe space that is confidential to the outside world

  • Our Resilience Kit has helpful information on ovarian cancer recurrence, treatment and managing concerns and fears around your prognosis

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.