Ovarian cancer is cancer that develops in the ovaries, the reproductive glands that produce eggs. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the U.S. and comprises about 3 percent of all cancers in women. Ovarian cancer has the highest mortality rate of all gynecologic cancers.
Our experienced gynecologic cancer team provides comprehensive, compassionate care to women with ovarian cancer. We also encourage our patients to take advantage of the many patient support services offered by Simmons Cancer Center.
Debra Richardson, M.D., discusses the diagnosis, treatment, and possible hysterectomy associated with ovarian cancer.
There are two primary types of ovarian cancer:
Inherited genetic mutations, including those in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, as well as some other familial conditions can raise a woman’s risk of both ovarian and breast cancer.
Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread to the pelvis and abdomen. As it progresses, patients may experience:
Women experiencing symptoms that could indicate ovarian cancer should see their physicians.
Our gynecologic cancer physicians may recommend a physical exam, blood work, or additional testing for women with symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Treatment for ovarian cancer depends on its characteristics and stage, your overall health, and your preferences and goals. Options typically include:
Many patients qualify to participate in the gynecologic cancer-related clinical trials conducted at UT Southwestern to gain access to new medical treatments and to further research of the disease.
To schedule an appointment with an ovarian cancer specialist at UT Southwestern, please fill out the Request an Appointment form or call 214-645-8300.