This animation describes the tests and procedures doctors use to diagnose ovarian cancer. It explains how pelvic examination, transvaginal ultrasound, blood tests, and imaging tests (CT, PET, MRI), are often involved in the lead-up to a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. The only way to confirm a diagnosis of ovarian cancer is by taking a tissue sample (biopsy) and looking at the cells under a microscope. This animation also provides an overview of inherited gene mutations, as well as how ovarian cancer is staged and graded. Knowing your cancer's stage, grade and cell type will help your team plan the best treatment for you.
This educational activity has been developed by the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition in collaboration with Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.
This activity is supported by educational grants from: Alkermes plc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Clovis Oncology, Inc., Eisai Inc., Genentech, GSK, ImmunoGen, Inc, Merck & Co, Inc., Novartis, Novocure Inc., Pfizer, Inc.
This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their healthcare professionals for optimal outcomes.