Every person is different, and even though two patients may have the same diagnosis, they may have very different treatment. Your plan will depend on many factors, including the type of ovarian cancer you have, its growth, your age and your overall health. At Miami Cancer Institute, your comprehensive care involves numerous specialists. You may see several physicians, gynecologic oncologists, oncologists, surgeons and radiation experts, as well as nurses, dietitians, therapists and social workers. We understand that this can be a confusing and stressful time for you and your family, and we are here to help.
Treatments may include (alone or in combination):
- Surgery – the removal of one or both ovaries and/or the uterus, fallopian tubes and cervix. During surgery, physicians “debulk” the tumor, or remove as much of it as possible, so that chemotherapy can better penetrate the tumor. If you are of childbearing age, physicians will discuss your options for retaining your fertility.
- Robotic surgery – Miami Cancer Institute specialists are considered experts in minimally invasive robotic surgery. Exciting advances have been made in recent years in the area of robotics and ovarian cancer. If you are a candidate for robotic surgery, your healthcare team will provide you with additional information.
- Chemotherapy – Patients with ovarian cancer often receive a mixture of several different chemotherapy drugs. Some are given orally, while others are injected into a vein via an IV. In addition, intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy is delivered via a tiny tube directly into the abdomen. The tube is placed during surgery.
- Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) – Robotic surgeons at Miami Cancer Institute are also using HIPEC for some patients with a recurrence of their cancer. During surgery, chemo drugs are heated and delivered directly to the site.
- Targeted therapies, in which specific drugs work to target the tumor
- Clinical trials – Each day, researchers are working to develop new treatment options. Your healthcare team will discuss whether or not a clinical trial is right for you.
Every patient and every cancer is different so prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from person to person. Long-term follow-up care is important. The healthcare team at Miami Cancer Institute will work closely with you and your family to develop the best treatment plan.