Treatment of Ovarian Cancer in Young Women

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 02/24/2012

Gershenson dm – this article details the diagnosis and optimal treatment of ovarian cancers subtypes in young women.

  • ovarian cancer accounts for approximately 22,000 cases annually in the united states.
  • although the vast majority of ovarian cancers occur in postmenopausal women and are of advanced stage, a significant subset occurs in young women.
  • among those subtypes having a predisposition for young women are malignant ovarian germ cell tumors, sex cord–stromal ovarian tumors, and tumors of low malignant potential.
  • however, invasive epithelial ovarian cancers may also occur in young women, particularly the subtypes of low–grade serous carcinoma and mucinous carcinoma.

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