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Your treatment depends on several factors. These include what type of ovarian cancer you have, how big it is and whether it has spread (the stage), what the cancer cells look like under the microscope (grade) and your general health.

A team of health professionals discuss the best treatment and care for you.

Treatment decisions

A team of health professionals decides what treatment you need. This depends on factors such as your cancer stage and grade. 


Most women with ovarian cancer have surgery. Find out about the different types and what happens.


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. The most commonly used drugs are carboplatin and paclitaxel.


Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill ovarian cancer cells. You don't often have it for ovarian cancer. 

Targeted cancer drugs

Targeted cancer drugs change the way that cells work and help the body control the growth of cancer.

Follow up

You usually have appointments and tests every few months to begin with. Tests include blood tests, x-rays and scans.

If your ovarian cancer comes back

The main treatment is chemotherapy if your cancer comes back. Some people might have surgery or targeted cancer drugs. 

Research and clinical trials

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

Treating the symptoms of advanced ovarian cancer

You might have treatment to shrink and control your cancer and help you feel better.

Last reviewed: 
27 Apr 2016

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