Ovarian cancer is the growth of cancer cells in the ovaries. Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide without control or order. Normally, cells divide in a regulated manner. If cells keep dividing uncontrollably when new cells are not needed, a mass of tissue forms, called a growth or tumor. The ovaries make eggs for reproduction and female hormones. The most common type of ovarian cancer is epithelial. Many of these tumors may grow to be very large without showing symptoms. These tumors can be hard to find during a physical exam. As a result, about 70% of patients are found with advanced disease.
Germ cell tumors come from the reproductive tissue. They account for 20% of tumors. Rarer are stromal cancers. These come from the connective cells of the ovary. They typically make hormones which cause symptoms.
Moore Regional Hospital offers chemotherapy, surgery and support for patients with ovarian cancer.
At our oncology clinic in Pinehurst we specialize in ovarian cancer treatment and therapy services for our patients in the Sanford, Raeford, Rockingham, Laurinburg, Lumberton and Troy regions of North Carolina.