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For advanced ovarian cancers, the goal of surgery is to remove all visible disease and includes:
Depending on the extent of disease that is seen at surgery, it may be necessary to also remove enlarged lymph nodes, a portion of the bowel, liver or diaphragm. Surgery helps to diagnose the stage of the cancer as follows:
Many women with BRCA mutations or family history of HBOC undergo surgery to remove their ovaries and fallopian tubes. A small percentage (up to 10%) of these women are diagnosed with a stage 0 fallopian tube cancer known as serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma (STIC). Research on how to best treat STIC is ongoing.