Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis
If screening tests or check-ups reveal abnormal results, your WellStar physician will perform further evaluations regarding ovarian cancer as well as determine the extent to which it has infected your body.
- Pelvic Examination
- CA-125 Testing and Transvaginal Ultrasound
Ovarian Cancer Stages
When ovarian cancer is diagnosed, your WellStar physician will categorize it by the current stage. The stage describes how large the tumor is and whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body:
- Stage I - Cancer is found in one or both of the ovaries. Cancer cells may also be found in abdominal fluid.
- Stage II - Cancer is found in the ovaries and has spread to the uterus, the fallopian tubes or other areas of the pelvis. Such cells may also be found in abdominal fluid.
- Stage III - Cancer is found in the ovaries and has spread to other parts of the body within the abdomen, such as the surface of the liver, intestine or lymph nodes.
- Stage IV - Cancer is found in the ovaries and has spread outside the abdomen or inside the liver.
- Recurrent or Refractory - Recurrent describes cancer that has returned after treatment. Refractory means the cancer is no longer responding to treatment.