Ovarian cancer is cancer that starts in the ovaries. The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that produce eggs. You can learn more about ovarian cancer by reading an article in our Health Encyclopedia.
Expert Ovarian Cancer Physicians and Supportive Care
No matter what your stage of ovarian cancer, our doctors are firmly committed to finding the right treatment for you. Being a patient at our Comprehensive Cancer Center means you will receive the best cancer care available, with access to advanced surgeries and clinical trials. You can also participate in therapeutic and supportive programs in our Patient and Family Support Services program.
Ovarian Cancer Treatment in North Carolina
Early stage ovarian cancer is usually treated with a combination of surgery, to remove the tumors and perhaps the uterus, and chemotherapy. Studies show that gynecologic oncologists have better outcomes when performing cancer surgery than general gynecologists.
For advanced cancer that has spread beyond the ovaries, surgery that is more radical may be necessary. The surgery involves removing uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, lymph nodes and possible bowel resection.
Alternative Treatments for Advanced Ovarian Cancer
One of the unique surgical treatment methods we offer at Wake Forest for ovarian cancer patients is known as a HIPEC procedure. Your doctor may recommend this advanced surgical treatment, if other treatment options have not been effective. During this treatment, your surgeon will perform a cytoreductive and debulking procedure to remove as much cancer as possible. Then a warm chemotherapy bath will be applied to all affected organs to try to kill any remaining cancer tissues. You can learn more about HIPEC, or intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy at Wake Forest.
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 with each treatment cycle:
- 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 Ovarian 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 ovarian cancer clinical trials for patients with recurrent and metastatic disease. 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 cancer clinical trials at Wake Forest.