Ovarian cancer

You are here: 

If ovarian cancer spreads

Cancer cells have the potential to spread from the ovary to other parts of the body where they can grow into new tumours. This process is called metastasis. The tumours are also called metastasis (singular) or metastases (plural). Metastases are also called secondary tumours.

Understanding the usual progression of cancer helps the doctor to predict its probable course, plan treatment and anticipate further care.

The most common sites where ovarian cancer spreads are:

  • Fallopian tube
  • other ovary
  • uterus
  • cervix
  • vagina
  • omentum (a fold in the peritoneum that covers and supports organs and blood vessels in the abdomen)
  • peritoneum (the membrane that lines the walls of the abdomen and pelvis [parietal peritoneum], and covers and supports most of the abdominal organs [visceral peritoneum])
  • diaphragm (the thin muscle below the lungs and heart that separates the chest cavity from the abdomen)
  • bladder
  • large intestine
  • rectum
  • small intestine
  • distant lymph nodes
  • liver
  • lungs

Stories

Catherine Coulson Slowly, it dawned on me that I, too, could be a survivor

Read Catherine's story

Volunteer for Daffodil Month

Daffodil pin

Volunteers are urgently needed in April. When you volunteer just a few hours of your time during Daffodil Month, you help save lives and support people who are living with cancer now.

Learn more