Important information

A woman with a suspected ovarian cancer should be referred to a gynaecological oncologist who is a member of the multidisciplinary team at one of the seven specialist centres for gynaecological cancer1.

All specialists listed on Canrefer are members of a multidisciplinary team.


What is ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer is any cancer that starts in the cells of the ovaries. There are three main types of ovarian cancer: epithelial ovarian cancers, germ cell ovarian cancers and sex-cord stromal cancers.

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What tests are needed?

Common tests used to diagnose ovarian cancer include:

  • physical examination including internal examination
  • blood tests
  • imaging - ultrasound, CT scan, MRI scan and/or PET scan
  • biopsy.


What treatment options are there?

Treatment for ovarian cancer may include one or more of the following:

  • chemotherapy
  • targeted therapy
  • radiotherapy.

It is recommended that patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer are treated at one of the seven specialist centres for gynaecological cancer:

Some local health districts have a formal referral pathway for women with an ovarian cancer. If this is not the case, referral to one of the seven centres is recommended. Patients may be able to have parts of their treatment closer to home. This should be discussed this with the treating specialist.


How common is ovarian cancer in NSW?

Ovarian cancer was diagnosed in:

  • 2014
    486 people in NSW
  • 2013
    486 people in NSW
  • 2012
    474 people in NSW

Data Source: Annual NSW cancer incidence and mortality dataset, 2014 (sourced from the NSW Cancer Registry)

Better cancer care

Better cancer care

Every person with cancer should have their care overseen by a specialist on a multidisciplinary team.

Ovarian cancer clinical guidelines

The nationally recognised best practice pathway for ovarian cancer management in Australia.
Quick reference guide
Clinical guidelines