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Ovarian, Fallopian Tube and Primary Peritoneal Cancer Treatment

Ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancers are all related and often grouped together as "ovarian cancer" because the treatment options are similar for all three. Treatment for these cancers depends on the stage and type of the disease based on pathology results. Tumor biomarker testing and genetic testing can provide additional clues about which treatments may work best for your cancer. For people with metastatic or advanced cancer, these additional tests are usually recommended.

Standard treatment may include a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. People with advanced or recurrent cancers may also be treated with immunotherapy or targeted therapy. Clinical trials may be available for any stage of cancer.

People diagnosed with ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer who test positive for an inherited mutation in the genes below may have different treatment recommendations or options depending on their gene mutation. 

Genes Linked to Ovarian, Fallopian Tube and Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Make sure that you receive a copy of your cancer test results, including your pathology report and your stage. Ask your doctor to explain your diagnosis, test results and treatment options in terms that you can understand. This will allow you to work with your doctor to choose the best treatment for you.   

See below for more information on each of these treatment topics. 

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More Information on Ovarian, Fallopian Tube and Primary Peritoneal Cancer Treatment

Stages & Subtypes

Treatment for ovarian, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal cancer depends on the stage and type based on pathology results. Learn about how doctors determine the stage and subtype of these cancers.

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Standard Therapies

Standard treatment for ovarian, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal cancer may include a combination of surgery and chemotherapy.  

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Targeted & Immunotherapies

Tageted therapies are designed to attack or kill cancer cells, while sparing normal cells as much as possible. Immunotherapies are cancer treatments that help the body’s immune system detect and attack cancer cells. 

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Maintenance Therapy

Maintenance therapy may be given to some people after they complete chemotherapy treatment to decrease the chance that the cancer will come back, or to delay the cancer from coming back. Read about maintenance therapy options. 

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Genetic & Biomarker Testing

Tumor biomarker testing and genetic testing can provide additional clues about which treatments may work best for your cancer.

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Last updated February 13, 2024