After ovarian cancer has been diagnosed, surgery and biopsies are done to find out if the cancer has spread beyond the ovaries to other parts of the body. Your oncologist and surgeon will determine the stage of the cancer, which will determine, in part, your treatment plan.

Cancer stages

Stage 1: The earliest level of progression, cancer is found in one or both of the ovaries.

Stage 2: Cancer has spread to other locations in the pelvis such as the uterus or fallopian tubes.

Stage 3: Cancer has spread to the lining of the abdomen and to the lymph nodes within the abdomen.This is the stage that is frequently the level at which the disease is diagnosed.

Stage 4: The most advanced stage, cancer has spread beyond the abdomen.

Following diagnosis

When your oncologist has confirmed and staged your level of cancer, he and a team of specialists will present you with treatment options. It is important for you to take the time necessary to understand your diagnosis and to gather all the information you need to understand both the physical and emotional journey you are facing. Riverside's Cancer Center is well equipped to handle all aspects of this disease, not only for you, the patient, but for your family as well.