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What are non-surgical options for treating ovarian cancer?

The following are non-surgical options for ovarian cancer treatment:
  • Chemotherapy: Systemic anti-cancer drugs are usually given by mouth or injected through a vein. They affect the whole body to help control the cancer's spread to other organs. Temporary side effects may include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, mouth sores, and rashes on the hands and feet. Chemotherapy is typically given regularly for three or four weeks followed by a rest period and additional cycles of chemotherapy and rest.
  • Radiation: External beam radiation uses a special machine outside the body to send beams of high-energy x-rays through the skin to target and kill cancer cells. A course of radiation treatment may be done five days per week for several weeks. Side effects may include fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, and skin irritation.
  • Hormone Therapy: Sometimes a pill, such as tamoxifen, may be taken to shrink ovarian tumors. Side effects may include hot flashes.

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