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Overview

Anatomy of Female Pelvic Area

The female pelvic area contains a number of organs and structures: the endometrium, uterus, ovaries, cervix, vagina, and vulva.

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer can develop in one of three types—the first, on the surface of the ovary; the second, in the cells that form the eggs; the third, in the cells that produce female hormones.

Genetics of Ovarian Cancer

Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome

People with this syndrome have dark moles around the mouth, nose, and eyes, as well as multiple polyps in the intestines.

Understanding Your Diagnosis

Pelvic Ultrasound

Ultrasound, or sound wave technology, is used to examine the organs and structures in the female pelvis.

Deciding on Treatment

Chemotherapy

Detailed information on chemotherapy for treatment of gynecological cancers

FDA-Approved Drugs

The following drugs have been approved since the year 2000 for the treatment of ovarian cancer.

Surgery

Detailed information the most common types of surgery to treat cancer, including biopsy, endoscopy, laparoscopy, laparotomy, laser surgery, cryosurgery, electrosurgery, and excisional surgery

Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. Different portions of the uterus, as well as other organs, may be removed at the same time.

Radiation Therapy for Ovarian Cancer

Radiation therapy kills cancer cells with the use of high energy X-rays. The type most often used for ovarian cancer is called external beam radiation.

Managing Side Effects

Fatigue: Management

Fatigue can come and go or stay constant for a while. Fatigue from chemotherapy tends to occur a few days after the treatment, peaks, and then gets better before the next treatment. Fatigue from radiation may not happen right away.

Prevention and Screening

Cancer FAQs

Advanced Reading

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