About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about the recognition and initial treatment of ovarian cancer that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 122.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are a woman (18 years and older) who has, or is suspected of having, epithelial ovarian cancer (the most common type), fallopian tube cancer, primary peritoneal cancer or borderline ovarian cancer.

No, if you are:

  • under 18

  • a woman with pseudomyxoma peritonei, germ cell tumours of the ovary, or sex cord stromal tumours of the ovary

  • a woman with cancer that has spread to the ovary or peritoneum (the membrane that lines the inside of the abdomen) from other parts of the body

The advice in the NICE guideline does not cover further treatment for women with ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal cancer that has come back ('relapsed') after initial treatment.

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