Ovarian Cancer

What is ovarian cancer? It is cancer that forms in the tissues of the ovaries, which are the female reproductive glands that produce hormones and eggs.

How often does it occur? Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women (excluding skin cancer) and the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates slightly more than 22,000 women are diagnosed each year with ovarian cancer, and 15,000 die from the disease.

Are there different types of ovarian cancer? Yes, ovarian cancers are named after the type of cell that becomes cancerous:

  • epithelial cells
  • germ cells
  • stromal cells

Epithelial ovarian cancer is the most common and the most serious, accounting for roughly 85 percent of all diagnosed ovarian cancers.

What does University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care offer? Our exceptional gynecologic cancer team provides expert care for women with each of the types of ovarian cancer. As one of the largest gynecologic cancer services in the Midwest, we know how to deliver treatment that is both caring and comprehensive. Treatment is carefully coordinated with recent research to offer new approaches to treating gynecologic cancers.