Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of the cancers affecting the female reproductive system. Since early symptoms may be nonspecific or absent, it often goes untreated and progresses to advanced stages when finally discovered. This oversight is largely because early-stage ovarian cancer rarely shows symptoms or only mild symptoms, which can be confused for other, less serious digestive issues.

A patient’s treatment path depends on which stage of ovarian cancer it is in and how far it has spread. According to the Mayo Clinic, ovarian cancer treatment most commonly includes some combination of surgery and chemotherapy.

But there may soon be more options available,