Epithelial ovarian cancer stage I. Definition

Medical Definition: Epithelial ovarian cancer stage I

Cancer that began in tissue covering the ovary and is located in one or both ovaries. Stage I is divided into stages IA, IB and IC. In stage IA, cancer is found in one ovary. In stage IB, cancer is found in both ovaries. In stage IC, cancer is found in one or both ovaries and one of the following situations: 1) the cancer is on the outer surface of one or both ovaries, or 2) the capsule (outer covering) of tumor is broken (open), or 3) cancer cells are found in the fluid of the peritoneal cavity (the body cavity that contains most of the organs of the abdomen).

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