Every person, and every ovarian cancer, is unique. Your treatment should be, too.

Ovarian cancer is rare and is often not found until it has spread past the ovaries into other areas of the pelvis, making it hard to treat. But at Ellis Medicine, we offer numerous treatment options, including chemotherapy and surgery, that can be personalized to you based on your DNA.

We strive to offer hope and comfort to all of our patients fighting ovarian cancer. In addition to the latest immunotherapy and clinical trials, we offer supportive care, including a nurse navigator to teach you about your cancer and treatment and support groups where you can find others on the same journey. Together, we can determine what kind of care is best for you physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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What is Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is cancer that begins in the ovaries, part of a woman’s reproductive system. The two ovaries produce eggs (ova) and hormones women need for health.

Early-stage ovarian cancer often shows no symptoms. Later stages of ovarian cancer may have symptoms like weight loss, constipation, pain in your pelvic area, or bloating in your abdomen.

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Prevention & Screening

There’s no way to prevent ovarian cancer and currently no screenings for ovarian cancer. However, you can lower your risk by taking hormonal birth control.

If you have a family history of ovarian cancer, you may benefit from genetic screening. Genetic screening can look at your DNA to determine if you are at high risk for ovarian cancer. Women who are at high risk may decide to have their ovaries removed to prevent cancer.

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Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

Your doctor can use different tests to diagnose ovarian cancer. For instance, an ultrasound of your ovaries can help your doctor determine their size, shape, and if they have any tumors. Blood tests can help your doctor check for proteins produced by cancer cells.

Other imaging tests, such as computed tomography (CT) scans, and positron emission tomography (PET) scans, can help your doctor learn if your cancer has spread. Your doctor will use these tests to recommend a treatment for you.

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Ovarian Cancer Treatment

If your cancer is only in your ovaries or organs in your pelvis (such as your uterus), your doctor may remove these organs to get rid of all cancer. But if your cancer has spread further, you may need chemotherapy before surgery.

Chemotherapy uses particular medicines to kill cancer cells. It can help shrink cancer, making it easier to remove during surgery. Eighty percent of patients have all their cancer gone after chemotherapy and surgery. Still, immunotherapy, which uses your body’s immune system to fight cancer, may be able to help patients whose cancer doesn’t go away after chemotherapy.

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