Most girls and young women with germ cell tumours of the ovary can be cured.
Your treatment will depend on the type of germ cell tumour you have and whether it has spread outside the ovaries. Treatments include:
- surgery and chemotherapy
Surgery and chemotherapy are the two main types of treatment. Often people have both.
Before you have treatment, your specialist needs to know the type of germ cell tumour you have and what stage it is. The stage of a cancer describes the size of the tumour and whether it has spread outside the ovary.
Your specialist will tell you the exact stage of the cancer after surgery. Most germ cell tumours are diagnosed early when they are in one (or sometimes both) ovaries, but have not spread anywhere else in the body. Waiting to hear about the stage of the cancer can be worrying. But this information is important, because it helps your doctors plan the right treatment.
Another important part of planning treatment is to try to make sure you are still fertile (able to become pregnant) afterwards. Your doctors will think carefully about this when planning your treatment. We have more information about fertility after treatment for ovarian cancer