What is the difference between ovarian and fallopian tube cancers?

Jean A. Hurteau, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The current thinking is that ovarian and fallopian tube cancers may be two different cancers biologically. Women with ovarian cancer are thought to have low-grade cancers. Women with fallopian tube cancers are thought to have a high-grade disease.

It is sometimes difficult to differentiate between fallopian tube and ovarian cancer because the fallopian tube will shed its cells onto the ovary and cause a mass that incorporates both.  Based on data from the hereditary ovarian cancer studies, we are learning more about fallopian tube cancers.

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