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Epithelial ovarian carcinomas begin in the cells that cover the outside of the ovary. Different types of cells may form different types of tumors, and stage is determined by how far the tumor has spread. Risk increases with age, especially after 50.


Nearly 70 percent of cases are not diagnosed until an advanced stage. Our gynecologic oncology team will determine the type, size and spread of your tumor with a blood test, ultrasound or testing of a tissue sample. Our surgeons may perform video-assisted laparoscopic, vaginal, or robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System. We also may recommend chemotherapy and radiation.