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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in women. Statistics from the American Cancer Society rank ovarian cancer as the eighth most common cancer among women, other than non-melanoma skin cancers. According to the National Cancer Institute, the most common type is epithelial ovarian cancer, in which cancer cells form in the tissue that covers the ovary. Less common are germ cell tumors and stromal tumors.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Ovarian Cancer
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public.

Cancer.gov: Ovarian Cancer
Provides access to authoritative documents from the National Cancer Institute, including information about treatment, supportive care, and clinical trials.

The American Cancer Society: Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to fighting cancer with sections on education, support and treatment, and research. This link has current information on the diagnosis of ovarian cancer as well as many other links and resources available to patients, families, and caregivers.

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Contains information about the many services offered by the Lurie Cancer Center, one of thirteen founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).


  • Positive results: making the best decisions when you’re at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer. Morris LM, Gordon OK. 2010.
  • Contemporary issues in women’s cancers. Lockwood S, ed. 2009.
  • Ovarian Cancer. Bast RC, ed. 2009.
  • Everything you need to know about cancer in language you can actually understand. Galsky M. 2010.
  • What to eat during cancer treatment: 100 great-tasting, family-friendly recipes to help you cope. Besser J. 2009.
  • Your brain after chemo: a practical guide to lifting the fog and getting back your focus. Silverman D and Davidson I. 2009.
  • Ovarian cancer: Gale encyclopedia of cancer. Longe J, ed. 2010. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library.

Journal Articles

  • “New ovarian cancer gene variations discovered.” Duke Medicine Health News. 16(12):4-5. Dec. 2010
  • “Progress report on ovarian cancer screening.” Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 17(8):1-3. Apr. 2010
  • “Ovarian cancer: a look at common myths and facts.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 13(9):1-2. Sept. 2009


Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society’s Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312.472.3837.

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Site offers information as well as support services including a toll-free hotline, tips for family members, and a peer support network.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center at 312-926-5465, or e-mail us at HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateOctober 30, 2012