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Treatment

Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that affects the ovaries.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer include feeling bloated all the time, a swollen tummy and tummy pain.

The main treatment for ovarian cancer is surgery to remove the cancer and chemotherapy to kill any remaining cancer cells.

Things that can increase your risk of ovarian cancer include being over 50 and a family history of ovarian or breast cancer.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer include feeling bloated all the time, a swollen tummy and tummy pain.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer

Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

The symptoms are not always easy to recognise because they're similar to those of some more common conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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The main treatment for ovarian cancer is surgery to remove the cancer and chemotherapy to kill any remaining cancer cells.

Medical treatments

The treatment for ovarian cancer depends on things like how far the cancer has spread and your general health.

The main treatments are:

  • surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible – this will often involve removing both ovaries, the womb and the tubes connecting them to each other (fallopian tubes)
  • chemotherapy – this is usually used after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells, but is occasionally used before surgery to shrink the cancer

Treatment will aim to cure the cancer whenever possible. If the cancer has spread too far to be cured, the aim is to relieve symptoms and control the cancer for as long as possible.

Read more on the NHS website.

Things that can increase your risk of ovarian cancer include being over 50 and a family history of ovarian or breast cancer.

Read more on the NHS website.