Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer affects about 1 in 70 women in the United States. It is the most common cause of death in women due to reproductive cancer. Ovarian Cancer is known as the “silent killer” because, unfortunately, it is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage. Delayed diagnosis usually occurs because ovarian cancer is difficult to detect. No reliable screening test exists for ovarian cancer. Another reason ovarian cancer is difficult to detect is because the symptoms are vague and nonspecific. Symptoms such as stomach pain, bowel problems, bloating, or urinary difficulties can indicate ovarian cancer, but they are also associated with much more common disorders. A high proportion of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are treated for a urinary tract infection before the correct diagnosis is made. The mainstay of treatment for ovarian cancer includes surgery and chemotherapy. Surgery for ovarian cancer that appears confined to the ovaries involves comprehensive staging. The elements of staging for ovarian cancer include a total hysterectomy, removal of the ovaries and tubes, total omentectomy, removal of pelvic and periaortic lymph nodes, and peritoneal biopsies. When ovarian cancer is diagnosed with obvious spread, debulking surgery is indicated. The goal of debulking is to remove as much of the cancer as is feasible and safe. For these reasons, ovarian cancer is typically not amenable to minimally invasive surgery. At Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care, but provide comprehensive treatment for ovarian cancer including surgery, chemotherapy, long term management plans, and research protocols.