Ovarian Cancer Glossary

Ovarian Cancer Glossary


BiopsyA diagnostic procedure involving removal and examination of bodily tissue, which may be performed in various ways, including with needles, an endoscope, etc.

BRCA1/BRCA2 gene mutationGene mutations linked to breast cancer that also increase the risk of ovarian cancer

BRCA-negative/BRCA wild typeThis means a change (also called a mutation) is not present in the BRCA gene. A person without a mutation in the BRCA gene can still develop cancer. This may also be called wild type

BRCA-positiveThis means a change (also called a mutation) has been noted in the BRCA gene. A positive result does not mean that cancer will occur, but this puts you at a higher risk for certain cancers