What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian Cancer is a cancer that arises from the ovaries that are part of the female reproductive system. It is the fourth most common ‘female cancer’ and the 8th most common cancer in women. Ovarian cancer originates from the surface lining (cells on the surface) of the ovaries. In rare cases, it starts from the peritoneum which is the membrane lining the contents of the abdomen and pelvis.

Peculiarities of Ovarian Cancer

Among all the cancers, ovarian cancer has the highest likelihood of spreading to the peritoneum. In many ways this cancer is similar to primary peritoneal cancers. In all other cancers (except primary peritoneal cancers), peritoneal cancer is stage IV disease, however, in ovarian cancer, peritoneal cancer spread is seen in the second and third stages (Stages II and III).