Treating ovarian cancer

Treating ovarian cancer often involves surgery followed by chemotherapy but some women may need chemotherapy before surgery. 

Every woman’s treatment journey is individual to them and your oncologist will advise you on the best treatment plan to suit you.

Your treatment plan will be shaped by the type of ovarian cancer you have, how far it has spread and your general health.

Almost all women with ovarian cancer will need surgery.

For more information about treating ovarian cancer you can download our leaflet.

Physical effects of ovarian cancer prior to treatment

While waiting for your treatment you may experience a number of physical symptoms including:

  • Ascites (fluid build-up)
  • Tummy pain or indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Constipation/diarrhoea
  • Needing to urinate more frequently
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain

You can talk to your oncologist or GP about how best to relieve some of these symptoms until you begin your ovarian cancer treatment.