Specialized care for your health and quality of life

The specialists at the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center 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 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


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

  • Biopsy 

  • Blood tests

  • Genetic testing

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

  • Pelvic exam

Your doctor might 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 the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center 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 might 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 the UW Carbone Cancer Center work to improve cancer care for you. We research new treatments for ovarian cancer. Learn about our clinical trials

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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 the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center includes experts in genetic counseling, gynecologic oncology, health psychology, medical oncology and radiation oncology.


Specialty cancer care close to home

The UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center 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.

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Patient and support services

Extensive support for you and your family

Your cancer care at the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center 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 67:30 p.m. at 7907 UW Health Court in Middleton. View our upcoming sessions


Visit these other support resources: