Advanced Care for Ovarian Cancer
Access highly specialized care from dedicated gynecologic cancer specialists.
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you want answers and treatment right away. The gynecologic cancer specialists at Novant Health will work quickly to provide advanced care for you in a supportive environment. You’ll receive highly specialized medical care from cancer experts trained to perform complex surgeries and deliver the latest treatments. You’ll be surrounded by a team of support staff including a nurse navigator who will guide you through your cancer journey so you can focus on your emotional and physical needs.
Understanding ovarian cancer
As you age your risk of developing ovarian cancer increases. Ovarian cancer is rare in women under 40 years, with half of all ovarian cancers are found in women 63 years of age or older.
Ovarian cancer occurs when the cells within the ovaries, which produce eggs and hormones, become cancerous. While the exact cause of ovarian cancer is not yet known, in some cases your genes and family history play a role. BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene and Lynch Syndrome may increase your risk of ovarian cancer.
Your care team will work closely with our genetics counseling team to develop a prevention and treatment plan based on your specific risk factors and diagnosis. If your cancer is inherited, it can also change how you are screened for other cancers.
What are ovarian cancer symptoms?
Ovarian cancer symptoms vary from fatigue, abdominal bloating, and decreased appetite to pressure or pain. This type of cancer can spread rapidly so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. With more than 30 different types of ovarian cancer, you’ll want to work with our experts to carefully diagnose and begin your treatment.
Ovarian cancer treatments
Treatment for ovarian cancers typically involve a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Once you are diagnosed, a collaborative team of specialists at Novant Health Cancer Institute will develop an individualized treatment plan for you. Your care team will take into consideration multiple factors such as your overall health, current medical problems, and cancer stage.
As a high-volume ovarian cancer center, you can expect comprehensive treatment from your Novant Health gynecologic oncology team. In addition to surgery, we may use chemotherapy, targeted therapies, or immunotherapies depending on your individual stage and type of cancer.
Who treats ovarian cancer?
Your care team will be led by a gynecologic oncologist, a highly specialized expert in cancers of the female reproductive system. Your gynecologic oncologist can diagnose ovarian cancer and manage your overall treatment including chemotherapy and maintenance therapy.
A gynecologic oncologist is also a board-certified surgeon, skilled at performing complex surgeries using the latest technology-assisted surgical equipment. As one of the top performers of gynecological surgery in the state, the gynecologic oncologists at Novant Health Cancer Institute provide the latest treatments and access to clinical trials.
While not a typical treatment for ovarian cancer, radiation may be recommended along with surgery and chemotherapy for certain types of cancer. As part of your collaborative cancer team, your radiation oncologist prescribes, oversees, and performs any radiation therapies you may require.
Treating ovarian cancer involves more than just eliminating tumors. Depending on the nature of your cancer, you'll have many specialists on your side. These could include a nurse navigator, symptom management, genetic counselors, physical therapist, dietitian, and therapists to help with the emotional highs and lows of cancer treatment.
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