Fallopian Tube Cancer
Fallopian tube cancer is cancer that has grown in the fallopian tubes, the tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the womb after fertilization. Fallopian tube cancer is also called tubal cancer.
Early Stage Fallopian Tube Cancer Treatment
No matter what the stage of your fallopian tube cancer, our team of gynecologic oncologists will recommend surgery. Depending on the size and growth of the tumor, there are different surgeries your surgeons may recommend:
- If the tumor is still contained within the tube: your surgeon may recommend minimally invasive surgery to remove the tumor
- If the cancer has spread: you may need an open procedure to remove the tumor and spread of cancer tissues. Known as HIPEC, or intraperitoneal chemotherapy, it is the use of chemotherapy directly into the abdomen during surgery to kill the remaining cancer tissues.
Advanced Fallopian Tube Cancer
If your cancer is advanced and metastatic, meaning it has spread, our doctors may recommend a two-pronged approach to chemotherapy. Known as cyclic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, it involves receiving two doses of chemotherapy each time you have a chemotherapy treatment. One dose will enter your body through a vein. The other dose will enter your peritoneal cavity, or your abdomen, where the cancer originally grew, through a catheter. This two-pronged approach attacks the cancer cells through your entire system, as well as their point of origin.
Clinical Trials for Fallopian Tube Cancer
By far, one of the most important advantages to seeking treatment at an academic medical center is our access to the latest clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and other major cancer research institutions. We offer clinical trials for patients with recurrent and metastatic fallopian tube cancer. Our doctors and staff will walk you through the process of joining a clinical trial and will explain everything you need to know. Learn more about clinical trials at Wake Forest.