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Ovarian Cancer

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 6, 2023.

Ovarian cancer may occur in one or both of the ovaries. Ovaries produce eggs and hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are important in helping the body work correctly.

Female Reproductive System


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  • Nausea medicine helps calm your stomach and prevents vomiting.
  • Diuretics help decrease extra fluid in your body that causes swelling. You may urinate more often when you take this medicine.
  • Pain medicine may be given. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you ask for more medicine.


  • Blood tests may be used to measure your CA-125 level or to check your overall health.
  • An ultrasound or CT may show the location of the tumor. You may be given contrast liquid to help healthcare providers see your ovaries better. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid.


Ovarian cancer is treated depending on the size of the tumor and stage of the cancer. You may need more than one of the following:

  • Chemotherapy medicines are used to kill cancer cells.
  • Surgery may be needed to remove one or both of your ovaries.
  • Radiation is used to kill cancer cells and to shrink the tumor or tumors with x-rays or gamma rays.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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You may get a blood clot in your arm or leg. This may become life-threatening. Even with treatment, your cancer may spread or return.


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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