West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled ovarian cancer treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in gynecologic oncology, radiation therapy, surgical oncology, and research to provide each patient with most individualized care possible.
A patient with ovarian cancer symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- Annual pelvic examination: the most common way to detect ovarian cancer is during your annual gynecologic exam.
- Imaging: your physician may perform certain imaging tests – such as an ultrasound or CT scan – to determine the size, shape and structure of your ovaries.
- Surgery: your diagnosis will include surgery to confirm a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, remove the tumor and any abnormal tissue and determine if the cancer has spread to any other organs or body parts.
Your Treatment Plan
Your ovarian cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Laparotomy: typically the first phase of treatment for ovarian cancer, a laparotomy is a surgical procedure that allows for exploration of the abdomen and removal of as much of the cancer within the abdomen and pelvis area as possible. This procedure helps to diagnose and stage the cancer to determine additional therapy needed.
- Salpingo-oophorectomy: a surgical procedure that includes the removal of both ovaries and both fallopian tubes.
- Hysterectomy: a surgical procedure that includes the removal of all or parts of the affected uterus.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with surgery to treat cervical cancer.
- Radiation Therapy: radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. Your physician may recommend this therapy to relieve pain or other symptoms caused by your ovarian cancer treatment. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.