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Ovarian Cancer Treatment in Toledo

What is ovarian cancer?


Many types of tumors related to ovarian cancer start growing in the ovaries. Most of these tumors are benign (non-cancerous), and never spread beyond the ovary. Ovarian tumors that are not benign are malignant (cancerous), and can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.

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Types of Ovarian Tumors


Ovarian tumors are typically named according to the kind of cells the tumor started from, and whether the tumor is benign or cancerous. There are three main types of ovarian tumors:

Epithelial tumors start from the cells that cover the outer surface of the ovary. This is the most common ovarian tumor.

Germ cell tumors start from cells that produce the eggs (ova).

Stromal tumors start from the structural tissue cells that hold the ovary together, and produce the female hormones progesterone and estrogen.

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Ovarian Cancer Symptoms:


Ovarian cancer can produce symptoms, even in the early-stages of onset. Due to the fact that ovarian cancer can grow rapidly, early detection is extremely important.

Contact your gynecologist if you experience these symptoms on a consistant, daily basis for more than a few weeks:
  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Urgent or frequent urination
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Ovarian cancer treatment with Mercy:


The type of treatment you receive is based on many factors, including the type and stage of cancer. No matter what type of treatment you receive, it will be with some of the most advanced technologies possible, and administered with compassionate care.

Cancer treatments may include:
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Trials
  • Other Treatments (anti-angiogenic therapies, gene and biological therapies, intraperitoneal chemotherapy, neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and adjuvant chemotherapy 
Most women receive a combination of treatments. Your cancer treatment plan will depend on a variety of factors, including type and stage of cancer and your family history. Ovarian cancer treatment is only one of many women's healthcare services Mercy provides. Your overall good health takes effort, and our doctors and specialists are here to help you along the way.

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