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Where Does Metastatic Ovarian Cancer Spread To?

Metastatic ovarian cancer is an advanced stage malignancy that has spread from the cells in the ovaries to distant areas of the body. This type of cancer is most likely to spread to the liver, the fluid around the lungs, the spleen, the intestines, the brain, skin or lymph nodes outside of the abdomen.

How do I know if my ovarian cancer has spread?

Early symptoms of ovarian cancer may include persistent bloating, abdominal discomfort, trouble eating and urinary urgency. However, not all women with ovarian cancer will experience symptoms in its early stages. Additionally, these symptoms are also associated with many other, more common conditions, so the presence of one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have ovarian cancer.

When ovarian cancer reaches an advanced stage and spreads to other areas of the body, symptoms are much more likely to occur. Additional symptoms at this stage may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Kidney pain
  • Weight loss
  • Ascites (fluid buildup in the stomach)

If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with ovarian cancer, it is important to consult with your physician to receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

How is metastatic ovarian cancer treated?

At this advanced stage, a combination of surgery and chemotherapy are typically recommended. However, each patient’s case is unique and should be reviewed individually to determine the best treatment option. At Moffitt Cancer Center, our multispecialty team collaborates in regular tumor board meetings, ensuring each patient receives an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to her unique needs.

Additionally, Moffitt is committed to advancing research and treatment options for individuals with ovarian cancer through our robust clinical trials program. Eligible patients who choose to participate in a clinical trial may have access to the latest and most advanced treatments before they have become widely available.

If you have been diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer or are experiencing symptoms of this malignancy, you can find all of the diagnostic and treatment services you require at Moffitt Cancer Center. Call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online. We do not require a referral.