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Ovarian / Fallopian Tube Cancer

There is hope, innovation and support available for those with ovarian, fallopian tube and all other forms of gynecologic cancer here at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center

Ovarian Cancer affects the ovaries -- and in some cases the fallopian tubes. The ovaries and fallopian tubes are a part of a woman's reproductive organs which produce steroid hormones as well as eggs, called ova. Ovarian cancer usually occurs after menopause. In fact, 50% of ovarian tumors occur in women aged 40 to 60 and 40% over age 60.

Fallopian tube cancer is one of the rarest of cancers, making up 1% of all gynecologic cancers.  According to, there is evidence suggesting some ovarian cancer begins in the tissue on the fringes of the fallopian tube and may migrate to the ovaries.  Research is ongoing to better understand the connection between the two cancers.

Patient Care and Treatment

The Gynecologic Oncology Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center provides diagnosis and treatment to those with all types of gynecologic cancer, including ovarian cancer and cancer of the fallopian tubes. The Multidisciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Clinic follows a team approach to care. Our patients have their situation discussed not only by our gynecologic oncologists, but also by team surgeons and pathologists. By having everyone involved, a personalized treatment plan is developed. In most cases, this discussion happens the same day as the appointment.

We also offer a Breast & Ovarian Risk Evaluation Program for those diagnosed with ovarian cancer -- or for those concerned with they are at risk for this type of cancer.


Since our program is part of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, our patients have access to Patient Support Services. Support and services are available to our patients at every point in their care.

Make an appointment/referral

To make an appointment, please call the Patient Care Center at 734-647-8906; or use our appointment request form. If you would like to refer a patient, please contact our M-Line service: 800-962-3555. For more information, visit our Make an Appointment web page.

Learn more about Ovarian and Fallopian Cancer

Resources to print

Gynecologic Oncology Patient Handbook

Blue Book: Overview of Gynecologic Oncology

What Every Woman Should Know About Gynecologic Cancer

Still have questions?

The nurses at Cancer AnswerLine™ have answers. Call 1-800-865-1125 and you'll get a personal response from one of our registered nurses, who have years of experience in caring for people with cancer.

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