Rising up against ovarian cancer

The only way to confirm the presence of ovarian cancer is through a pathology report

Surgery

If your medical provider suspects you have ovarian cancer, the only
way to positively determine its presence is by examining the cells.
Before a definitive diagnosis  can be made, your provider may order a
number of additional tests and procedures, including:

  • Imaging tests, such as a CT scan, MRI or PET scan
  • Additional blood tests that identify a variety of molecular
  • properties known to exist when ovarian cancer is preesent
  • Biopsies obtained through aspiration, paracentesis or surgery

If ovarian cancer is suspected, there are additional tests that can indicate both the presence of ovarian cancer cells and/or the risk of malignancy. These tests can help your doctor determine the next steps in treating the disease.


Your best chance for survival if ovarian cancer is suspected is to be treated by a gynecologic oncologist who has additional medical training and is a specialist in the field of female reproductive cancers. They are board-certified for debulking surgery and are FIVE times more likely to completely remove ovarian cancer cells during surgery. Women who are referred to gynecologic oncologists for surgery live 30% longer than those who aren't.

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