Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a group of diseases that originate in the ovaries, or in the related areas of the fallopian tubes and the peritoneum.

The ovaries are a woman's reproductive organs. Women have two ovaries that are located in the pelvis—one on each side of the uterus. The ovaries have a size and shape comparable to a large olive. The role of the ovaries is to produce eggs and also the female hormones.

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Getting a second opinion on your pathology diagnosis can clarify or even change a diagnosis. This can affect prognosis as well as therapy, and adds important data that contributes to a larger cause: making sure every diagnosis of ovarian cancer, everywhere, is as accurate as possible.

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Your Pathologist will use slides to help determine the following about a tumor:


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Diagnosing and treating breast cancer is truly a multidisciplinary team effort. The Gynecologic Pathology Service is one integral part of the comprehensive, patient-centered team approach to ovarian cancer at Johns Hopkins.

Sean Patrick

Tribute to Sean Patrick

On January 20, 2009, our dear friend Sean Patrick succumbed to ovarian cancer after a battle of more than 12 years. She fought the disease personally, as well as for all women.


Women in this age range have higher rates of ovarian cancer


New cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed in 2018

1 in 79

A woman’s lifetime risk of developing invasive ovarian cancer