Surgery is one of the main treatments for ovarian cancer. It is usually carried out by a surgeon who specialises in gynaecological cancer surgery. The aim of ovarian cancer surgery is to remove all of the cancer or as much of it as possible. The exact type of surgery you have, and whether you have it before or after chemotherapy, will be affected by the stage of your cancer.
This section gives an overview of ovarian cancer surgery - the different ways surgery can treat ovarian cancer and what to expect in the different stages of your recovery.
For more information on any of the topics covered, you can visit:
- Macmillan Cancer Support: Surgery explained
- Cancer Research UK: Surgery
- NHS: Ovarian cancer treatment
- Ovacome: What happens if you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Read about the different ways surgery is used to treat early and advanced stage ovarian cancerFind out more
Find out what will happen before and after your operation, and ways to prepare for your stay in hospitalFind out more
Most women can go home within a week of their surgeryFind out more
Ovarian cancer and early menopause, fertility, and relationshipsFind out more