Different Types of Ovarian Cancer:
"Epithelial ovarian cancer, which arises from the surface of the ovary (the epithelium), is the most common ovarian cancer. Fallopian Tube Cancer and Primary Peritoneal Cancer are also included within this designation.
Germ Cell ovarian cancer arises from the reproductive cells of the ovaries and is rare.
Stromal cell ovarian cancer, which arises from connective tissue cells, is very rare.
Small cell carcinoma (SCCO) of the ovary is an extremely rare ovarian cancer. and it is not certain whether the cells in SCCO are from ovarian epithelial cells, sex-cord stromal cells or germ cells.
Not all ovarian tumors are cancer. Some ovarian tumors may be abnormal but not necessarily cancerous" (Visit What are the different types of ovarian cancer, Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, for more information).
Types of Treatments:
Depending on the ovarian cancer type and its stage of advancement, treatments may be local or systemic. A local treatment means that only the area around the tumor is affected, whereas systemic treatments impact cancer cells throughout the body. Systemic treatments are usually drug therapies.
COMMON LOCAL TREATMENTS
COMMON SYSTEMIC TREATMENTS
Caring For a Loved One with Ovarian Cancer
Facing Life with Ovarian Cancer for Caregivers - Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance
When taking care of a loved one with ovarian cancer, caregivers frequently put their own needs and emotions aside. However, this can eventually lead to burnout and impact their abilities to be effective caregivers. This resource offers tips for balancing priorities, managing emotions, and reaching out for help.
Ovarian cancer impacts all aspects of a person’s life. This article describes what caregivers can do to help, including providing practical and emotional support, seeking out financial assistance, and balancing personal needs with caregiving responsibilities.
This website has various resources for caregivers, including the TEAL Cares Network - Caregiver Support Group, a resource guide, and online learning series.
Resources for Caregivers - Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA)
"Caregivers are a vital source of support to women with ovarian cancer. We’ve got resources to help you." This website includes support groups for men, caregiving tips, websites, and book recommendations.