Staging Ovarian Cancer

Staging is the process of finding out how much cancer is in a person’s body and where it’s located.  For most types of cancer, doctors use staging information to help plan treatment and to predict a person’s outlook or prognosis.

For all types of ovarian cancer taken together, about 3 in 4 (72.4%) of women with ovarian cancer live for at least 1 year after diagnosis. Almost half (46.2%) of women with ovarian cancer are still alive at least 5 years after diagnosis. Women diagnosed when they are younger than 65 have better outcomes than older women.

Although each person’s situation is different, cancers with the same stage tend to have similar outlooks and are often treated the same way. The cancer stage is also a way for doctors to describe the extent of cancer when they talk with each other about a person’s cancer.

Each of these stages, except Stage IV, is divided into A, B, and C.

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