Symptoms of ovarian cancer

Symptoms can include feeling full quickly, bloating, an increased tummy size or needing to wee more often. Find out more about these and other symptoms.

Risks and causes

Factors that increase the risk of ovarian cancer include getting older and inherited faulty genes. Read about these and other risk factors.

Types of ovarian cancer

Most ovarian cancers start in the cells covering the ovaries and are called epithelial ovarian cancers. Other rare types include germ cell tumours, stromal tumours and sarcomas.

Stages and grades

The stage tells you how big your cancer is and whether it has spread. The grade means how abnormal the cells look under the microscope. 

Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP and they might refer you to a specialist and organise tests. Find out more about tests and screening for ovarian cancer. 


The main treatments for ovarian cancer are surgery and chemotherapy. Your treatment depends on several factors including your cancer stage and grade.


Survival depends on many factors including the stage and type of your ovarian cancer. 

Research and clinical trials

Research trials aim to find out if new treatments are safe and better than those currently available for ovarian cancer.

Living with ovarian cancer

Getting practical and emotional support can help you cope with a diagnosis of cancer.

Last reviewed: 
12 Dec 2018
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