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.
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
What treatment options are there?
Treatment for ovarian cancer may include one or more of the following:
- targeted therapy
How common is ovarian cancer in NSW?
Ovarian cancer was diagnosed in:
Data Source: Annual NSW cancer incidence and mortality dataset, 2014 (sourced from the NSW Cancer Registry)