Saturday, September 8, 2012

OC Awareness Month #8 -Treatments

Today I will review the treatment that a women diagnosed with ovarian cancer might receive. Of course every woman is different so your actual treatment might differ.

*A women diagnosed with ovarian cancer should see a  gynecologic oncologist ( gyn-onc) . Research has shown that women who receive surgery and treatment by a gyn-onc have higher survival rates.

There are different treatments offered to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Such as :

Surgery :
Hysterectomy- removal of the uterus and sometimes the cervix
Oopherectomy - removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes
Oomectomey - removal of the oomentum the fatty covering of the abdomen
Lymph node biopsy-removal of lymph nodes which are examined for cancer

Chemotherapy drugs disrupt the multiplication of cancer cells or kills them outright.The chemotherapy may be give IV, intravenously, where the drug is introduced into a vein or IP , intraperitoneal where the drug is introduced into the peritoneal cavity. Women may receive a combination of two drugs.

The most common drugs given to women with OC are carboplatin, cisplatin and paclitaxel. Additional drugs may be found on this NCI site might also receive targeted therapy , drugs or biologics. Targeted therapy will affect cancer cells but leave normal cells alone.

Radiation may be used to kill cancer cells in some cases of OC. The level depends on the type of OC cancer and stage of the disease.

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Tomorrow the stages of ovarian cancer

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Rachie317 said...

Its important to note that some women only require surgery to remove the tumor or a single ovary. When I was first diagnosed, after an emergency Oopherectomy of just my left ovary, I was told a full hysterectomy, with removal of my remaining ovary as well, was my ONLY option. As a 32year old, without children, I was devestated. Luckily, I withstood pressure from that doctor (who insisted it must be done that day, while i was still hospitalized for the emergency surgery) and arranged for a second opinion. I had a exploratory lap where they removed my omentum, multiple lymph nodes, and found no remaining cancer. Almost one year later, I still have my uterus and remaining ovary - and my ability to potentially have biological children. I know its not the norm, but women at the beginning stages of diagnosis need to know that there is hope for a non-worst case scenario.

Dee said...

Thanks for the comment. As you noted not all women require chemotherapy or a complete hysterectomy. It depends on the stage of the disease( which I will post about tomorrow) , age of the woman and whether or not the woman wants to preserve her fertility. I am glad you were your own advocate and able to have the surgery that was right for your situation.

I have never had radiation but know of a few women who have.