Compassionate Care that Centers on You
UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Ovarian Cancer Clinic offers compassionate, patient-centered care in a convenient, comfortable setting. Our specialists are passionate about fighting this challenging disease with the most advanced minimally-invasive surgical options, as well as chemotherapies and highly targeted drugs.
Ovarian cancer can be difficult to diagnose, since the symptoms are often vague and misleading. And while ovarian cancer is the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among U.S. women, there is plenty of reason to hope. At UT Southwestern, our specialists are here to be your partner in care, helping you through every stage of your diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
The UT Southwestern Difference
UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only cancer program in North Texas designated by the National Cancer Institute. Our ovarian cancer team is made up of highly-trained specialists who are dedicated to their field.
Within our clinic, patients benefit from the expertise of gynecologic and radiation oncologists, geneticists, pathologists, dietitians, psychologists, and dedicated support staff, all in one convenient location. We are here to help you through your cancer journey with compassion and personalized care.
Our Ovarian Cancer Services
We use advanced technologies and techniques to diagnose, treat, and monitor patients with ovarian cancer.
Our oncology imaging technologies include:
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Positron emission tomography (PET)
- X-ray with barium enema
We offer a variety of treatment options for ovarian cancer patients. Your personalized care plan will depend upon several factors, including your overall health, the characteristics and stage of your cancer, and your preferences and goals.
Our surgical procedures for ovarian cancer include:
- Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, which removes both ovaries and both fallopian tubes
- Unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, which removes one ovary and one fallopian tube
- Radical hysterectomy, which may include removal of the ovaries
In many cases, we are able to perform minimally-invasive and laparoscopic surgeries, which use smaller incisions, leave smaller scars, and require less recovery time.
Our options for medical treatment include:
- Chemotherapy, which is usually used following surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells. We offer intraperitoneal chemotherapy, a highly targeted treatment technique that allows our oncologists to deliver chemotherapy drugs directly into the abdominal cavity through a catheter, minimizing drug exposure to healthy tissues.
- Hormone therapy, which uses hormones to treat and prevent recurrences of ovarian cancer
- Immunotherapy, which stimulates the immune system to help the body fight off cancer
We also offer support services for cancer patients and their families, including:
- Genetic counseling for women who think they could be at risk for ovarian cancer due to their health or family history
- Lifestyle education
- Lymphedema therapy
- Nutrition counseling
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Support groups for you and your family
As an academic medical center, UT Southwestern regularly conducts gynecologic cancer-related clinical trials . This gives our patients access to the latest medical and surgical treatments.
Request an Appointment
To schedule a visit with an ovarian cancer specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.
Meet Our Ovarian Cancer Experts
Our highly-trained specialists are dedicated to providing patient-centered care backed by the latest knowledge and techniques.