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, including the different ways surgery can treat ovarian cancer and what to expect in the different stages of your recovery from ovarian cancer.
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
Types of ovarian cancer surgeryFind out more about Types of ovarian cancer surgery
Read about the different ways surgery is used to treat early and advanced stage ovarian cancer
Preparing for surgeryFind out more about Preparing for surgery
Read about what will happen before and after your operation, and ways to prepare for your stay in hospital
Recovery and follow-upFind out more about Recovery and follow-up
Most women can go home within a week of their surgery
Longer term effects of surgeryFind out more about Longer term effects of surgery
Ovarian cancer and early menopause, fertility, and relationships
Meet the surgeonsTim Duncan specialises in gynaecological cancers while Hooman Soleymani Majd is part of an ovarian cancer research group pioneering ultra-radical surgery.Find out more about Meet the surgeons