Ovarian Cancer

Overview & Facts

The American Cancer Society predicts 20,180 new cases of ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2006. Learn about ovarian cancer’s causes, risk factors, and prevention.
What Is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian Cancer Overview
Ovarian cancer starts in the ovaries and can spread to other parts of the body. Read a short overview of ovarian cancer.
What Happens
Find out how ovarian cancer starts and develops.
The Ovaries
Ovarian cancer is cancer of the ovaries, part of women’s reproductive system.

Causes

Cause
Scientists are hunting for the exact cause of ovarian cancer -- read what they know so far.

Are You at Risk?

What Increases Your Risk
Certain factors may make ovarian cancer more likely. Learn about ovarian cancer risk factors.

Prevention

Prevention
Doctors haven't found a way to prevent ovarian cancer. But they have found that certain factors make ovarian cancer less likely.



Symptoms & Types


Ovarian cancer often starts silently, not showing symptoms until its later stages. What should you watch for, and what are the stages of ovarian cancer? Find out.
Symptoms

Symptoms
Early ovarian cancer often does not show any obvious signs. But here are 12 symptoms that may occur in the later stages.

Warning Signs

When to Call A Doctor
Since early ovarian cancer often causes no symptoms, it's tough to know when you should be concerned. But if you have any of these warning signs, ask your doctor just to be sure.




Diagnosis & Tests

Currently, ovarian cancer isn’t often found in its early stages, due to few symptoms and no reliable screening tests. Learn about ovarian cancer diagnosis and tests.
Diagnosis & Tests

Exams and Tests
Find out about the exams and tests that doctors use to diagnose ovarian cancer.


Treatment & Care


Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation may be used to treat ovarian cancer, depending on the disease’s stage. Find out what to expect from ovarian cancer treatment.
Treatment

Treatment Overview
Get an overview of treatment for ovarian cancer, including surgery and chemotherapy.
Home Treatment
Learn about home treatment for side effects of ovarian cancer treatment.
Medications
Learn about chemotherapy medications used to treat ovarian cancer and side effects to watch out for.
Surgery
Read about surgery for ovarian cancer and possible complications.
Other Treatment
Find out more about complementary therapies that may be used in combination with traditional medical care for ovarian cancer.
Caregiving Support Group Message Board
Caring for someone with ovarian cancer? Talk about it with other caregivers on WebMD’s Caregiving Support Group message board.

Clinical Trials

Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trials
Learn about ovarian cancer clinical trials. Then, check out sites chosen by WebMD doctors that offer information and services to help you determine if a clinical trial may be right for you.


Living & Managing

If you or a loved one has ovarian cancer, you may want to read these tips and personal stories about living with and managing the disease and its treatment.
Living and Coping

Controlling Nausea and FVomiting Caused by Chemotherapy
Getting chemotherapy for ovarian cancer? Learn how to ease chemo-related nausea and vomiting.
10 Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Ovarian Cancer
If you’re an ovarian cancer patient, you may want to ask your doctor these 10 questions about your condition and treatment.
Eating Right During Cancer Treatment
When you’ve got ovarian cancer, you may not feel like eating much. But it’s important to get good nutrition during cancer treatment. Find out about foods to nourish your body during treatment.
Fertility After Cancer Treatment
If you’ve got ovarian cancer, how can you preserve your fertility? Read about fertility after cancer treatment, including a brief mention of preserving ovarian tissue.

Personal Stories

Ovarian Cancer: Personal Stories
Personal stories from ovarian cancer patients.


Support & Resources


If you have ovarian cancer, don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you need it. These message boards and web sites may help you find support and information.
Finding Help

Other Places to Get Help
Looking for more information on ovarian cancer? These resources may help.
Cancer Treatment and Advancements Message Board
Got questions about ovarian cancer treatment and new research in ovarian cancer? Raise those questions on WebMD’s message board on cancer treatment and advancements.
Coping With Cancer Message Board
Going through ovarian cancer? If you have questions or tips about coping with the disease, share them on WebMD’s Coping With Cancer message board.
Cancer Support Group Message Board
Ovarian cancer patients are welcome to join the discussion on WebMD’s Cancer Support Group message board.
Physician Finder
If you’re trying to find a doctor in the U.S., consult WebMD’s physician directory.

Resources

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