Diagnosis & Treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Learn how ovarian cancer is diagnosed and treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

  • Screening & Surveillance

    Memorial Sloan Kettering has created a special program that offers screening tests to women with an increased risk of this disease due to a family history or BRCA mutations.

  • Prevention

    The two methods currently available to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer from ever occurring are using oral contraceptives or undergoing risk-reducing (prophylactic) surgery to remove the ovary and fallopian tubes.

  • Diagnosis

    Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed with a pelvic examination and transvaginal ultrasound (an imaging procedure that uses a special imaging wand inserted into the vagina to identify tumors). A surgical biopsy of the tissue is used to confirm the diagnosis; additional imaging tests may be performed to determine if the disease has spread.

  • Treatment

    At Memorial Sloan Kettering, treating ovarian cancer usually involves "debulking" surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, followed by a combination chemotherapy treatment.

  • Follow-Up Care

    At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we are dedicated to helping ovarian cancer survivors live their lives to the fullest after treatment. We offer comprehensive follow-up care for women who have been treated here as part of our institution-wide Survivorship Initiative.