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Significant expertise is necessary to design the best treatment plan for ovarian cancer. Here, every patient’s case is reviewed at the multidisciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board. This meeting brings together physicians in gynecologic oncology, medical oncology, pathology and radiology to evaluate cases, discuss treatment options and jointly plan the most effective course of treatment for each patient, which may include a discussion about clinical trials.
Therapy for ovarian cancer depends on the histology (microscopic structure of the tumor cells), grade of the tumor and the location (stage) of the disease. Initial treatment usually involves surgery or chemotherapy. In all cases, we take an aggressive approach to treating ovarian cancer, tailored to the individual needs of each patient.
Chemotherapy for patients with advanced ovarian cancer may be administered through a combination of methods:
Our trained chemotherapy nurses are highly skilled in delivering chemotherapy and in symptom management. As regional experts in intraperitoneal chemotherapy, our nurses regularly teach this method to other nurses in the area. UChicago Medicine is also actively involved in clinical trials designed to improve current chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.
Cancer treatment may affect the ability to become pregnant. Our gynecologic oncologists take this into account for each and every patient and proactively work to address these concerns. Our reproductive endocrinologists have special expertise in fertility preservation for cancer patients. We offer embryo and egg freezing (cryopreservation) as well as other strategies to preserve fertility before undergoing treatment.