Ovarian Cancer

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At the Swedish Cancer Institute, women with ovarian cancer, as well as those with cervical and uterine cancer, receive care through a nationally-recognized gynecological cancer program – the fourth-highest volume ovarian cancer center in the United States. This includes the expertise of a renowned team of physicians and other specialists. All ovarian-cancer patients at Swedish benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to care that encompasses leading-edge imaging techniques, the latest in treatment options and a full selection of high-quality support services.

Swedish is also one of the founders of the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research, which is dedicated to saving lives and reducing suffering through improved treatment, early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer.

Our multidisciplinary care teams meet regularly to share information and discuss patient cases, in order to determine an integrated course of care for each person.


Ovarian cancer is a common malignancy in the United States, with about 25,000 cases diagnosed each year. Cancerous ovarian tumors can originate from the surface epithelium (cells covering or lining the ovaries), germ cells (cells that are destined to form eggs), or sex cord-stromal cells (cells that secrete hormones and connect the different structures of the ovaries). The majority of ovarian cancers develop from cells in the lining of the ovary.


Individualized treatment plan may include a combination of the following treatments:

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Research and Clinical Trials

If your physician believes you are a good candidate to participate in a clinical trial evaluating a new treatment or more effective combinations of treatments — and you agree — you will have access to the very latest in research treatments.

At any given time, the Swedish Cancer Institute offers patients more than 140 clinical-research studies involving most types of cancers. Additionally, our physician specialists collaborate with other regional and national research groups, including Southwest Oncology Group, National Cancer Institute, Puget Sound Oncology Consortium and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Beyond physical health, the Swedish Cancer Institute is committed to the emotional well-being of our patients and their families. We offer:

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See Patient Support and Resources and Services for the Body, Mind and Spirit at Swedish.

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