According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. More than 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed annually. In 2010, nearly 1,500 new cases of ovarian cancer were diagnosed in Florida alone. Like many gynecological cancers, ovarian cancer may go undetected until it is in its late stages. However, outcomes are good when the disease is detected and treated early. Symptoms to look out for include abnormal vaginal discharge or bleeding, pelvic pain and chronic bloating.
Diagnostic Testing for Ovarian Cancer in Safety Harbor, FL
There are no established screening guidelines for ovarian cancer, which is why it is so important to pay attention to any symptoms you may be experiencing and bring them to the attention of your doctor. Pap tests are often mistakenly thought of as screening procedures for all gynecological cancers, though they are only effective at detecting cervical cancer. Risk factors include being middle-aged or older, having a family history of ovarian cancer, having never given birth and having had endometriosis.
If you do experience symptoms or demonstrate signs of ovarian cancer, your doctor may suggest one or more of the following diagnostic tests available at Mease Countryside Hospital:
- Genetic testing
- Lymph node biopsy
- Pelvic laparoscopy
- Pelvic ultrasound
- Pelvic MRI
- Imaging-guided biopsy
Treatment for Ovarian Cancer at Mease Countryside Hospital
Advanced treatment for ovarian cancer is available at Mease Countryside Hospital. Our expert team of medical oncologists, gynecological oncologists, and surgeons collaborate to design personalized therapy programs aimed at fighting the disease and enhancing quality of life, both physically and emotionally.
Treatments for ovarian cancer will likely involve some combination of chemotherapy, targeted drug therapy or biologic therapy (immunotherapy). Your care team at Mease Countryside Hospital will guide you and your family through the entire treatment process from beginning to end, answering your questions and helping you to manage any side effects that may arise.
For a referral to a board-certified oncologist, please call the BayCare Customer Service Center at (727) 462-7500 or find a specialist near you.