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Surgery for Ovarian Cancer

The first line in the treatment and diagnosis of ovarian cancer at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is often surgery. Our goal during ovarian cancer surgery is to locate and remove all visible signs of cancer in a process called debulking.

During surgery for ovarian cancer, our gynecologic oncologists may also collect samples from a variety of tissues to test for the presence of cancer in order to determine whether the cancer has spread, or metastasized. They also work with other members of your care team to anticipate and help manage side effects that may result from surgery.

Whether an ovarian cancer patient is a candidate for surgery depends on several factors, including preexisting medical conditions, nutritional status, whether the patient has undergone previous surgeries to treat the cancer, and, in the case of a recurrence, when the last cancer treatment was performed.


HIPEC being used for Ovarian Cancer

Doctors have used HIPEC, or heated chemotherapy, for years to treat certain abdominal cancers. But now, researchers are testing HIPEC on women with advanced ovarian cancer, who otherwise would have very few options.
Sixty-five-year-old Barbara Franklin loves new beginnings. Ten years ago, Barbara beat breast cancer. Now she's battling advanced ovarian cancer.
"I was stage four and what symptoms did I have? A little change in bowel movement, and a little bloating," says Franklin.
Now researchers are studying a treatment called HIPEC to see if it stops the progression of ovarian cancer. It stands for hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Doctors remove the tumor, followed by the HIPEC heated treatment delivered directly to the abdome...


HIPEC and Appendiceal Cancer: One Patient’s Story

10/01/2012 Appendiceal carcinoma, pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP)* and other peritoneal surface malignancies are rare and, sadly, all too often misdiagnosed or poorly managed. Just ask Joseph Laureanno, a 53-year-old sales executive from Lowell. “I’d been having some discomfort in my lower right abdomen,” he recalls. “So when I went for my regular wellness checkup with my...

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