I don't think your mother had ovarian cancer, if I understand your description right. I had ovarian cancer when I was a teenager (25 years ago!) and I have studied it a lot and know a lot of women with it. The reason I think she doesn't have it is that you didn't mention anything about surgery. The only way to diagnose ovarian cancer is major surgery. And surgery is the first treatment for it, followed in most cases by chemotherapy. So did she have surgery? If no, what could be going on is that she had a blood test that indicated ovarian cancer. Does that sound like what happened? If so, then I believe it was a misunderstanding. See, there is a test called the CA-125 test that helps to track growth of ovarian cancer. So doctors use it while someone is undergoing chemotherapy, and afterwards. If the number goes down while having chemo, then that means the chemo is working. If it stays the same or goes up, then the chemo isn't working and they need to try something else. Then, when the woman is recovered, they test her periodically and if her CA-125 goes up, then she's probably having a recurrence. HOWEVER, many people do not understand the nature of the CA-125 test and think that it tests for ovarian cancer. But it doesn't. The substance it tests for is something the body produces when it is irritated or inflamed. Anything that irritates it can cause the number to rise. For this reason, the CA-125 can't be used to test for ovarian cancer. This is because generally, if someone is complaining about a health problem, they've got inflammation somewhere. I mean, having the flu can cause an elevated CA-125. Having an infection can cause it to rise. So when your mother was tested and the test "came back positive for ovarian cancer," I'm thinking her CA-125 was elevated, and your mom misunderstood and thought that an elevated level meant she had ovarian cancer. It doesn't. That's why the test was later normal. If she DID have ovarian cancer, in order to get that number down, she'd have had surgery and chemotherapy. The surgery would cause her to be in the hospital for probably at least a week, and then the chemotherapy would last for at least 6 months. Did she have those things? I don't want to say anything further, but more information is needed to figure out what's going on. I hope I'm right and it was all a false alarm and your mother misunderstood!