The ovaries are small, almond-shaped organs, located in the pelvic region, that are part of a woman's reproductive system. They produce the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, and also release eggs through the fallopian tube to the womb.
Ovarian cancer begins when cells form abnormally in the ovaries and develop tumors. A tumor can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). An ovarian cyst, which forms on the surface of the ovary, is different than a noncancerous tumor and usually goes away without treatment. Ovarian cysts are not cancerous.
It is estimated that more than 21,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Types of Ovarian Cancer
Cancer that begins in cells on the outer surface of the ovary. Epithelial carcinoma makes up about 90% of ovarian cancers
Germ cell tumor
Cancer that develops in the egg-producing cells of the ovaries
Rare form of ovarian cancer that develops in the connective tissue cells that hold the ovaries together and produce female hormones
Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program
The Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program offers a range of diagnostic procedures, advanced treatment options, and personalized support services for women with suspected or diagnosed ovarian cancer.
Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan based on the stage of the ovarian cancer as well as their age, health, desire to have a child and personal choices. Patients may obtain an outpatient second opinion with a Fox Chase Cancer Center oncologist who comes to Virtua to meet with the patient and family.
Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program’s interdisciplinary care teams are staffed by oncology experts including board-certified medical oncologists and gynecologic oncologists. They have earned their fellowships at leading medical institutions like The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Memorial-Sloan Kettering.
Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program offers a range of ongoing supportive services including:
For more information, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).
Oncology certified and advanced practice nurses provide expert treatment, support, and education to patients and their families. The interdisciplinary care team may also include:
The Cancer Genetics Program at Virtua Fox Chase Health Cancer Program offers genetic testing for specific gene mutations that may increase a woman's risk for ovarian cancer and/or breast cancer. This testing helps women learn about the risk factors associated with ovarian cancer and how their family history may increase their risk.