The ovaries are a pair of small organs, 3-4 cm in size, in the form of an ellipse, which are part of the female reproductive system. Most ovarian cancer tumors are part of a group called epithelial cancer. Epithelial ovarian cancer means that the cancer has begun to develop in the cells covering the ovary.
Most women in early stage of ovarian cancer don’t develop symptoms for a long time period.
When symptoms appear, they may include:
If one or more of the above symptoms are present, you should go to the doctor. However, these are common symptoms for many other medical conditions, and most women who feel these symptoms do not have ovarian cancer.
The initial treatment for epithelial ovarian cancer often involves surgery and chemotherapy.
If the tumor return after initial treatment, the condition is defined as “disease recurrence” and the main treatment is chemotherapy and sometimes surgery and radiation.