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.

55-64

Women in this age range have higher rates of ovarian cancer

~22,000

New cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed in 2018

1 in 79

A woman’s lifetime risk of developing invasive ovarian cancer