Your surgeon will:
- Confirm an ovarian cancer diagnosis.Remove or reduce the size of tumors by debulking them.
- Examine all abdominal organs for signs of cancer.
- Biopsy or take tissue samples from other areas of the abdomen.
- Determine how far the cancer has spread in a process called staging.
The surgeon then looks for any signs of cancer.
- Biopsies or tissue samples may be taken for testing.
If a tumor is found your surgeon will:
Remove the entire tumor, if advisable.
- A portion of the tumor may be removed to debulk the mass. Debulking makes the tumor more sensitive to chemotherapy.
- A pelvic washing may be performed. A sterile fluid is washed around the abdominal organs and withdrawn. The fluid is analyzed for the presence of abnormal cells, which may indicate that the cancer has begun to spread.
- The organs and related structures are returned to their normal anatomical position.
- The incision will be stitched closed. The layers of the abdominal wall are sutured in reverse order, and the skin incision closed with sutures or staples.