Ovarian cancer is “staged” based on the findings at the time of surgery and the extent of the disease.
There are four stages of ovarian cancer. Knowing the stage of cancer helps your doctor to decide on the most appropriate treatment.
The final pathology report is usually received about one or two weeks after surgery. The pathology slides will be reviewed by a panel of gynaecologic cancer experts, including the medical oncologist at the Gynaecological Cancer Centre (GCC)’s weekly Tumour Board Meeting. Recommendations for any further treatment will be made by your doctor and will be discussed with you and your family.
The majority of women with ovarian cancer will require chemotherapy after surgery. However, chemotherapy can also be given before surgery. Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. You will be referred to a medical oncologist for advice on chemotherapy treatment (Please refer to the Chemotherapy brochure).
Even after the completion of chemotherapy treatment, follow-up examinations are recommended every three months for the first two years and subsequently four to six-month intervals in the following years. Despite treatment, there is a risk that cancer may recur and further treatment may be required.
For enquiries or more information, please contact our
KK Gynaecological Cancer Centre at
+65 6394-8803/2160 during office hours.
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