Overview

Specialized care for your health and quality of life

The specialists at UW Health provide expert diagnosis and treatment for ovarian cancer.

We use the most advanced diagnostic tests and the best, least invasive treatments.

We excel at removing ovarian cancers and helping you preserve your fertility. We partner with you to improve your quality of life and minimize side effects during treatment.

Symptoms and diagnosis

How we detect ovarian cancer

Types of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer occurs when tumors grow on or in your ovaries. Types of ovarian cancer include:

Tumors form in the tissue outside your ovaries. This is the most common kind of ovarian cancer.

These tumors grow in the cells that make hormones. Stromal tumors are the second most common type of ovarian cancer.

Tumors develop in the egg-producing cells of your ovaries. This is a rare type of ovarian cancer.

Symptoms

Symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • Abdominal bloating, pressure and pain

  • Abnormal fullness after eating

  • Back pain

  • Constipation

  • Difficulty eating

  • Fatigue

  • Heartburn

  • Increased urination or urge to urinate

  • Menstrual irregularities

  • Pain during sex

Diagnosis

If you show signs of ovarian cancer, your doctor will perform tests to make a diagnosis. Your evaluation may include:

  • Biopsy 

  • Blood tests

  • Genetic testing

  • Imaging tests such as CT, MRI or PET scans and ultrasound

  • Pelvic exam

Your doctor may also perform tests to see whether cancer has spread to other parts of your body. These procedures include:

  • Barium enema X-ray

  • Chest X-ray

  • Laparoscopic exploratory surgery

Treatments and research

Managing your cancer care

When you come to UW Health for ovarian cancer care, you see a team of experts.

Our specialists treat more than 100 new patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. This means you get the best, most experienced care possible.

Your treatments may include:

  • Chemotherapy

  • Fertility preservation

  • Genetic counseling

  • Hormone therapy

  • Mental health care

  • Minimally invasive hysterectomy

  • Radiation therapy 

  • Surgery to:

    • Remove the tumor

    • Remove your uterus

    • Determine how advanced your cancer is

Take part in ovarian cancer clinical trials

The doctors and scientists at UW Health work to improve cancer care for you. We research new treatments for ovarian cancer. Learn about our clinical trials

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UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center
Patient Guide

To help you feel comfortable during your stay at the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center, we invite you to learn about our facility and the services we offer.

Meet our team

Expert, compassionate cancer care

The ovarian cancer team at UW Health include experts in genetic counseling, gynecologic oncology, health psychology, medical oncology and radiation oncology.

Gynecologic oncology

Locations

Specialty cancer care close to home

The ovarian cancer team provides specialized care at several locations in Wisconsin and Illinois.

UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center

The experts at the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center intimately understand every type of cancer. We will get to know you and design a treatment plan that works for you and your family.

Learn more

Patient and support services

Extensive support for you and your family

Your cancer care at UW Health includes extensive support as well as the highest quality care. Our gynecological cancers support group:

Gilda’s Club — You can talk with other patients and families. We meet on the fourth Thursday of the month, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 7907 UW Health Court in Middleton. View our upcoming sessions.

Resources

Visit these other support resources: