Important information

The management of ovarian cancer can be complex, especially for women who require surgery.

A woman with a suspected ovarian cancer should be referred to a gynaecological oncologist who is a member of a relevant multidisciplinary team and practices at a specialist centre.


Specialist centres

The management of ovarian cancer requires a team of health care professionals with experience in ovarian cancer (including surgery) and the availability of adequate supportive care following surgery.

Even if surgery does not seem likely at the time of referral, early involvement of a multidisciplinary team is recommended to ensure optimal assessment, care, and outcomes.

Specialist centres for ovarian cancer are:

Some patients may need to travel out of area to be treated at a specialist centre. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this. For more detailed information about specialist centres, see Optimising cancer care on the Cancer Institute NSW website.


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.


How common is ovarian cancer in NSW?

Ovarian cancer was diagnosed in:

  • 2015
    474 people in NSW
  • 2014
    489 people in NSW
  • 2013
    485 people in NSW
Data source: Cancer statistics NSW portal (sourced from Institute Data Warehouse, Cancer Institute NSW. Available at:

Last updated: 22 February 2019
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