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Ovarian Cancer: An Overview of Treatment Options

Virginia R. Martin
CJON 2007, 11(2), 201-207 DOI: 10.1188/07.CJON.201-207

Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecologic cancer. Early-stage diagnosis is difficult, and chemotherapy treatments often are not durable. Despite challenges, progress has been made since the 1990s; healthcare professionals now have an increased understanding of the disease biology and can identify hereditary ovarian cancer and provide screening recommendations. The recognized importance of complete staging, cytoreductive surgery, and new effective treatments has made an improvement in five-year survival.

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