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Although ovarian cancer is most common in women older than age 60, it can and does occur in women of all ages. Most ovarian cancers develop after menopause.

Detection

Unfortunately, many cases of ovarian cancer go undiagnosed in the early stages because the symptoms are similar to those in less serious disorders such as indigestion.  In fact, many women eventually diagnosed with ovarian cancer initially see their physician because of gastrointestinal problems. That's why it is crucial for women, particularly those older than age 60 to be aware of the signs of the disease.

Treatment options

The most common treatment option for ovarian cancer is a total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral ophorectomy with staging - which is the removal of the uterus, cervix, and both tubes and ovaries. Intravenous systemic chemotherapy is usually given after surgery.

Clinical research

As part of our comprehensive service, Norton Cancer Institute gives patients the chance to participate in innovative National Cancer Institute and industry-sponsored clinical research studies.  A list of studies is available by contacting the Norton Cancer Prevention and Resource Centers at (502) 629-5500.

Norton Healthcare is available to answer questions you may have on gynecological cancers.  Please email us at cancerresource@nortonhealthcare.org and a health care professional will research and respond to your question within 48-hours.  Exceptions may include weekends and holidays.  Most questions are answered within one business day.

Or, call the Norton Cancer Prevention and Resource Center at 1-800-555-6772 or (502) 629-5500.  Please mention that you were directed by the Nortonhealthcare.com site.

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