Stage 2

Stage 2: Cancer is found in one or both ovaries and has spread into other areas of the pelvis.

  • Stage 2A: Cancer has spread to the uterus and/or fallopian tubes (the long slender tubes through which eggs pass from the ovaries to the uterus).
  • Stage 2B: Cancer has spread to other tissue within the pelvis.
  • Stage 2C: Cancer is found inside one or both ovaries and has spread to the uterus and/or fallopian tubes, or to other tissue within the pelvis. Also, one of the following is true:
    • cancer is found on the outside surface of one or both ovaries; or
    • the capsule (outer covering) of the ovary has ruptured (broken open); or
    • cancer cells are found in the fluid of the peritoneal cavity (the body cavity that contains most of the organs in the abdomen) or in washings of the peritoneum (tissue lining the peritoneal cavity).

Stage 2 ovarian cancer is a small group, compromising 19% of ovarian cancer
diagnoses. Source: NIH

Stage 2 Prognosis & Survival Rates

Most women diagnosed with Stage 2 ovarian cancer have a five-year survival rate of approximately 70%. Survival rates are often based on studies of large numbers of people, but they can’t predict what will happen in any particular person’s case. Other factors impact a woman’s prognosis, including her general health, the grade of the cancer, and how well the cancer responds to treatment.

Stage Relative 5-Year Survival Rate
2 70%
2A 78%
2B 73%
2C 57%

Source: American Cancer Society

Stage 2 Treatment
Treatment for Stage 2 ovarian cancer includes: hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes), debulking of as much of the tumor as possible, and sampling of lymph nodes and other tissues in the pelvis and abdomen that are suspected of harboring cancer. After the surgical procedure, treatment may be one of the following: 1) combination chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy or 2) combination chemotherapy.

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