Currently, there is no single reliable test for ovarian cancer. This means you may have to go through many different diagnostic tests, and perhaps surgery, to confirm the presence of cancer. If you have symptoms that suggest ovarian cancer, your physician will want to eliminate other more common, benign causes for your symptoms first.  

If, after a series of tests, your physician suspects ovarian cancer, surgery may be required to confirm the diagnosis. In this situation, diagnosis and treatment can take place at the same time. If ovarian cancer is found during the exploratory surgery, the surgeon may go ahead and remove as much of the tumor as possible.

The types of test you might encounter during your diagnosis are:
  • Physical Exam and Pelvic Exam
  • Ultrasound
  • Tumor Marker Tests
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • X-Rays
  • Exploratory Surgery