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Ovarian cancer stages

Making an educated treatment decision begins with the stage, or progression, of the disease. The stage of ovarian cancer is one of the most important factors in evaluating treatment options.

Our cancer doctors use a variety of diagnostic tests to evaluate ovarian cancer and develop an individualized treatment plan. If you have been recently diagnosed, we will review your pathology to confirm you have received the correct diagnosis and staging information, and develop a personalized treatment plan. If you have a recurrence, we will perform comprehensive testing and identify a treatment approach that is suited to your needs.

Video: Cancer Staging

Cancer Staging

TNM system for ovarian cancer

Video: Ovarian Cancer Staging

Dr. Timothy McCay, a radiologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, briefly discusses the diagnostic imaging tools used to stage ovarian cancer.

The ovarian cancer staging process uses the TNM system:

  • Tumor (T) describes the size of the original tumor.
  • Lymph Node (N) indicates whether the cancer is present in the lymph nodes.
  • Metastasis (M) refers to whether cancer has spread to other parts of the body, usually the liver, bones or brain.

Once the T, N and M scores have been assigned, an overall ovarian cancer stage is assigned.

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