Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Lab tests for ovarian cancer

Lab tests for ovarian cancer

  • Genomic tumor assessment: Genomic testing examines a tumor on a genetic level to find the DNA alterations that are driving the growth of cancer. By identifying the mutations that occur in a cancer cell's genome, we can better understand what caused the tumor and tailor treatment based on these findings. Learn more about genomic tumor assessment.
  • Tumor molecular profiling: For this lab test, we remove a sample of the metastatic or recurrent tumor, often as part of a biopsy or other surgery. Then, we test for a variety of enzymes, proteins and genes to identify which drug therapies are likely to be most effective. An example of a tumor molecular profiling test that might be used for ovarian cancer is a hormone receptor test. Learn more about tumor molecular profiling.
  • Nutrition panel: With this test, we evaluate patients for deficiency of nutrients, such as vitamin D and iron. The test helps us identify the nutrients patients need replaced or boosted to support their quality of life and help reduce the risk of complications from surgery. Learn more about our nutrition therapy program.

What are lab tests?

To diagnose ovarian cancer, your doctor may recommend various lab tests. Your doctor will collect a blood sample, and then send it to a pathologist for further testing.