Your doctor will discuss which treatment options are right for you. Ovarian cancer treatment may include:
Surgery: The most common treatment is surgery to remove as much of the malignant ovarian tumor as possible (called “debulking”). This often involves removing both ovaries (oophorectomy) and sometimes removing other reproductive organs, such as the uterus (hysterectomy) and fallopian tubes (salpingectomy), which can help prevent the cancer from recurring. If the cancer has spread, you may also need to have your lymph nodes removed (lymphadenectomy).
Your doctor may also recommend chemotherapy or radiation therapy, which can be used to shrink the ovarian tumor before surgery or kill any remaining cells afterward.
These drugs help prevent the ovarian cancer from spreading to other parts of your body. They’re usually given intravenously, although sometimes you can take them in pill form. We offer intraperitoneal chemotherapy, in which the drugs are injected directly into your abdominal lining (peritoneum) to target cancer cells that may remain after surgery.
: High-energy X-rays target and kill cancer cells.
Hormone therapy: A pill such as Tamoxifen is used to shrink ovarian tumors.
Please note that some ovarian cancer treatments, such as removing your ovaries or uterus, will make you unable to have children. If preserving your fertility is important to you, let your doctor know; he or she will discuss the various options with you.