Recurrences are often diagnosed when the CA 125 level begins to rise, or new masses are found on imaging studies or by examination. If ovarian cancer recurs, there are several options for treatment. These include repeat surgery, re-treatment with the same chemotherapy given initially, treatment with a different type of agent (chemotherapy, hormonal or targeted therapy) and sometimes radiation. As each recurrence will be different, it is important to discuss your individual situation with your team. It is also important to investigate whether there is a clinical trial that is appropriate for you. Don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion.
Check out the 2013 State of the State of Gynecologic Cancers: Eleventh Annual Report to the Women of America to read all of the latest news and information about GYN cancer research, prevention and treatment.