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Cancer that develops in one or both of your ovaries is called ovarian cancer. Every year, around 20,000 women are diagnosed with it.
“Cancer” is never a word you want to hear from your doctor. From prevention to diagnosis to treatment, the experts at Dignity Health provide care with humankindness. To meet with a Dignity Health oncologist about ovarian cancer in the Bay Area, use our search tool and Find a Doctor near you.
The risk factors for ovarian cancer include:
Lifestyle factors can also increase your risk, including a high-fat diet and being overweight.
In the advanced stages, symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
Talk with your doctor if you have one or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks. Your doctor will check your ovaries for problems and may refer you for further diagnostic testing. In some cases, exploratory surgery may be necessary for a diagnosis.
Treatment for ovarian cancer depends on the exact type and stage of the disease. At Dignity Health Bay Area cancer centers, our oncologists use a range of treatments with the goal of removing tumors or eliminating cancer cells. Treatments include:
Dignity Health surgeons rely on some of the latest technologies to perform advanced procedures to remove cancerous and noncancerous ovarian tumors.
Learn more about treatment options at our four Bay Area locations: