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Ovarian cancer stages

Making an educated treatment decision begins with knowing the stage, or progression, of the disease. Using the results from your diagnostic tests, our cancer experts will develop a treatment plan tailored to you, based on the stage of your cancer and other factors. In most cases, ovarian cancer is staged during your initial surgery.

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 for you. If you have a recurrence, we will perform comprehensive testing and identify a treatment approach tailored to your needs.


Stage III

In stage III ovarian cancer, the cancer is in one or both ovaries, and the cancer has either spread beyond the pelvis to the lining of the abdomen or the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in the back of the abdomen. Stage III ovarian cancer has four subcategories:

  • IIIA1: The cancer is in one or both ovaries, and it may have spread or grown into organs in the pelvis. Cancer is found in the lymph nodes in the back of the abdomen.
  • IIIA2: The cancer is in one or both ovaries, and it may have spread or grown into organs in the pelvis. A biopsy reveals cancer in the lining of the upper abdomen. The cancer may also have spread to lymph nodes in the back of the abdomen.
  • IIIB: The cancer is in one or both ovaries, and it may have spread or grown into organs in the pelvis. Cancer deposits that are 2 cm across or smaller are visible in the abdomen and may be on the outside of the liver or spleen. The cancer may also have spread to lymph nodes in the back of the abdomen.
  • IIIC: The cancer is in one or both ovaries, and it may have spread or grown into organs in the pelvis. Cancer deposits that are larger than 2 cm across or larger are visible in the abdomen and may be on the outside of the liver or spleen. The cancer may also have spread to the lymph nodes in the back of the abdomen.

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