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Other Treatments for Ovarian Cancer

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Condition InDepth

Other Treatments for Ovarian Cancer

Some therapies are experimental. They may be used for those in a clinical trial. The goal is to slow or stop the cancer and prolong life. They have shown some good results. However, they may not work for everyone.

Targeted Therapy

This treatment destroys cancer cells or their support systems. For example, some medicines stop the growth of new blood vessels. This can help stop tumor growth. Some medicines disrupt cells in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Some medicines that may be used are:

  • Bevacizumab
  • Olaparib
  • Rucaparib
  • Niraparib
  • Veliparib
  • Trametinib

Common side effects include:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Loss of hunger
  • Tiredness
  • Joint and/or muscle pain


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  • Nicole Meregian, PA
Last Updated:

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.