Ovarian Cancer Surgery

The first line in the treatment and Ovarian Cancer Surgery at CTCA is surgery. Our goal during Ovarian Cancer Surgery is to locate and remove as much of the tumor tissue as possible, called debulking, and to understand the extent of the cancer in the ovaries and elsewhere in the abdomen.During surgery for ovarian cancer, we also collect samples of a variety of tissues to test for the presence of cancer, so we can proactively address any cancer metastasis in your treatment plan.

Ovarian cancer surgical procedures

During the initial debulking surgery, we may perform a variety of procedures, depending on the type and stage of ovarian cancer, as well as your individual fertility concerns.These procedures may be done one of two ways: During a laparotomy, an incision is made to open up the abdomen. During a laparascopy, small incisions are made in the abdomen. Your ovarian cancer surgical oncology team will discuss the best approach for you, which may include any of the following:

  • Unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy: Surgical removal of one ovary and one fallopian tube.
  • Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy: Surgical removal of both ovaries and both fallopian tubes.
  • Total hysterectomy: Surgical removal of the uterus, including the cervix.

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