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 :
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 http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/druginfo/ovariancancer.You 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.
Source : http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/ovarianepithelial/Patient/page4
Tomorrow the stages of ovarian cancer
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