Surgery is the main treatment for ovarian cancer.
- A total hysterectomy. This surgery removes the uterus
- A unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. This surgery removes one ovary and one fallopian tube.
- A bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. This surgery removes both ovaries and both fallopian tubes.
- An omentectomy. This surgery removes the fatty tissue (omentum) attached to
some of the organs in the belly. It's done to see if the cancer has spread.
- A lymph node biopsy. Nearby lymph nodes are removed and checked for cancer cells.
If you have very early-stage ovarian cancer and wish to
have children, discuss your choices with your
What to think about
Having an experienced
gynecologic oncologist will help you get the best possible treatment and live longer than having a doctor who doesn't have as much experience treating ovarian cancer.5
Side effects from your surgery
can include trouble urinating or problems with your bowels, such as
constipation or diarrhea. Your ability to have or enjoy sexual intercourse may
also be affected.
If your ovaries are removed, you may have
menopause. Talk with your doctor about treatment to
manage these symptoms.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 22, 2012
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