Genetic Counseling and Testing for Ovarian Cancer
Speak with your doctor if you have a family history of ovarian cancer or breast cancer. We offer dedicated genetic counselors to discuss testing for gene mutations that raise your risk of ovarian cancers. Explore genetic counseling for cancer.
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
Ovarian cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms in its early stages, and advanced ovarian cancer may cause few symptoms that are easy to mistake for noncancerous conditions. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Bloating or swelling in your abdomen
- Needing to urinate often
- Suddenly feeling full when eating
- Weight loss
- Discomfort in the pelvis area
- Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
Diagnosing Ovarian Cancer
We use sophisticated diagnostic resources, including advanced imaging technology and pathologists with specific training in ovarian cancers. Your team of specialists may order one or more tests that create detailed pictures of your organs, including:
- Computed tomography (CT): We take many X-rays from different angles to produce cross-sections of specific areas.
- Ultrasound: We use high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures in your body.
- Other diagnostic procedures
We may also perform the following procedures to make or confirm a diagnosis:
- Pelvic exam: Examining the vagina and abdomen.
- Blood tests: Checking your blood for tumor markers linked to ovarian cancer.
- Diagnostic surgery: Removing an ovary and testing it for signs of cancer to confirm a diagnosis.
Ovarian Cancer Treatment
We offer comprehensive treatment for ovarian cancer, including:
- Surgery to remove the tumor or affected organs. Learn more about cancer surgery.
- Chemotherapy to kill cancer cells or stop their growth. Medical oncology, a group of treatments that use drugs and other substances to fight cancer cells. Read more about chemotherapy and other medical oncology.
- Radiation therapy uses rays of energy to shrink the cancer or remove traces of cancer that remain after surgery. Explore radiation therapy.
- Supportive care may include assistance from social workers and therapies to reduce the side effects of treatment. Find out more about supportive therapies.
- Clinical trials can provide eligible patients access to novel treatments not yet widely available. Learn more about clinical trials and research.
- HIPEC procedure: We’re among only a handful of local providers to perform HIPEC, an innovative, targeted treatment for ovarian cancer that has spread to the abdomen. HIPEC stands for Hyperthermic (or Heated) Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy.
After your surgeon removes visible tumors, HIPEC delivers heated chemotherapy directly into your abdomen to destroy any traces of cancer. HIPEC allows for stronger treatment doses because it doesn’t circulate throughout the body like traditional chemotherapy. Heating the chemo drugs helps your body absorb them more effectively.
Advanced Surgery for Ovarian Cancer
To help make your recovery faster and easier, we can perform many surgeries using minimally invasive methods to help make your recovery faster and easier. These options include:
- Laparoscopy: We make small incisions in the abdomen and use a thin, flexible instrument with a camera on the tip to guide the procedure.
- Robotic surgery: Your surgeon uses a robotic system to assist in laparoscopic procedures. The robot allows us to operate using 3D vision and precise movements.