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These rare tumors begin in the connective tissue cells that form the ovary’s structure and usually are diagnosed at an early stage. They don’t spread as quickly as other kinds of ovarian cancer.


Ovarian stromal tumors are a rare class of tumors that develop from connective tissue cells that hold the ovary together and those that produce the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. These tumors are rare and are usually considered low-grade cancers. Our gynecologic oncology team will determine whether your tumor is cancerous by testing a tissue sample, and we may recommend a blood test, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, and other scans to determine its spread. Our surgeons may perform video-assisted laparoscopic, vaginal, or robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System. We also may recommend chemotherapy and radiation to kill remaining cancer cells.