Ovarian Cancer Treatment in Utah
There are many types of ovarian cancer, including some that are extremely rare and require specialized treatment. The main types of ovarian cancer are named for the cells where the disease first forms.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer:
Most women with ovarian cancer have vague symptoms. These signs often are like less serious conditions including indigestion, weight gain or aging.
Symptoms and signs of ovarian cancer vary from woman to woman, but they may include:
- General abdominal discomfort or pain (gas, indigestion, pressure, swelling, bloating, cramps)
- Bloating and/or a feeling of fullness, even after a light meal
- Nausea, diarrhea, constipation or frequent urination
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Loss of appetite
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Unusual fatigue
- Back pain
- Pain during sex
- Menstrual changes
These symptoms do not always mean you have ovarian cancer, but it’s a good idea to discuss them with your health care provider if they:
- Are new symptoms
- Last more than a few weeks
- Occur more than 12 times a month
Ovarian Cancer Treatment Options:
When you receive ovarian cancer treatment at Utah Cancer Specialists, a team of some of the nation’s foremost experts customizes your care. This team of specialists communicates and collaborates at every step. They customize your ovarian cancer treatment to be sure you receive the highest chance for successful treatment with the least impact on your body.
If you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, your doctor will discuss the best options to treat it. This depends on several factors, including:
- The stage of the cancer
- The size of the tumor after surgery (debulking)
- Your desire to have children
- Your age and overall health
- Surgery is the main treatment for ovarian cancer.
- Debulking Ovarian Cancer If it is obvious during the surgery that ovarian cancer has spread, the surgeon will remove as much of the tumor as possible. This may help other treatments work better.
- Radiation therapy Although radiation therapy is rarely is used to treat ovarian cancer, it may help destroy any cancer cells that are left in the pelvic area.
- Chemotherapy either locally (near the tumor) or systemically (throughout the body)