Understanding ovarian cancer

Find out more about ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer and primary peritoneal cancer

  • What is cancer?

    Cancer is a disease of our cells. Sometimes cells go wrong and become abnormal. They keep dividing to make more abnormal cells which form a lump or tumour.

  • The ovaries, fallopian tubes and peritoneum

    The ovaries and fallopian tubes are parts of the female reproductive system. They are supported by a layer of tissue called the peritoneum.

  • Types of ovarian, fallopian tube and peritoneal cancer

    Different cancers can start in the ovary, fallopian tube or peritoneum. The most common is called epithelial cancer.

  • Symptoms of cancer of ovarian cancer

    Symptoms of ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer and primary peritoneal cancer are often similar to other conditions. Find out when your GP should offer you cancer tests.

  • Why do cancers come back?

    Sometimes, tiny cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. These can divide to form a new tumour.

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Symptoms of ovarian cancer

A consultant gynaecological oncologist explains the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer

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Symptoms of ovarian cancer

A consultant gynaecological oncologist explains the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer

About our cancer information videos