At ProHealth Care the ovarian cancer team is led by a gynecologic oncologist and supported by radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists who work together to build a treatment plan based on your symptoms and health status. Factors that could play a part in choosing the best treatment plan might include your general state of health, whether you plan to have children, treatment risks and side effects, and other personal considerations. Age alone isn’t a determining factor.
The primary treatment for ovarian cancer is surgery and it serves two purposes – to determine the extent of the cancer and to remove as much of the cancer as possible. Proper surgical staging is critical to determining the best course of treatment. According to the National Institutes for Health, a woman’s chance of survival is substantially increased when a gynecologic oncologist performs the surgery.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells. It can be used alone to treat cancer or it may be combined with other treatments, such as surgery or radiation. Chemotherapy is most often given in cycles, with a treatment followed by a rest period and then repeated again over a series of weeks. It can also be used to help ease signs and symptoms of advanced cancer, such as pain.
Radiation therapy is not a first-line treatment for ovarian cancer but may be used for disease recurrence.
Many of our patients participate in national studies established by the National Cancer Institute involving major cancer centers throughout the country. ProHealth Care is also part of the Gynecologic Oncology Group which also provides additional clinical trial opportunities for patients. These trials offer you access to the most advanced, clinically approved treatments available.