As the most commonly prescribed treatment for ovarian cancer, surgery has two main goals: to remove as much of a cancerous tumor as possible, and to determine the cancer’s stage, or the extent of its spread. Because there are several ways to accomplish this, it is important for a woman to work with an experienced and trusted team of medical professionals who can determine the best approach for her. Women from the Clearwater, FL, area have convenient access to an outstanding, multispecialty team of gynecologic cancer experts at Moffitt Cancer Center in nearby Tampa. Moffitt is widely known as one of the top-ranked cancer centers in the nation.
In addition to debulking a tumor during ovarian cancer surgery (which may involve the removal of one or both ovaries as well as other organs and tissues), a surgeon can obtain samples of surrounding tissue for evaluation under a microscope. The results of this analysis can then be used to stage the cancer. Accurate staging of ovarian cancer is essential because treatment approaches can vary based on how far the cancer has spread beyond the ovaries.
Because Moffitt is one of the highest-volume cancer centers near Clearwater and in all of Florida, our skilled surgeons have extensive experience in performing many types of ovarian cancer surgery, including:
- Unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – Surgical removal of one ovary and fallopian tube
- Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – Surgical removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes
- Lymph node dissection – Surgical removal of the lymph nodes in the pelvic and para-aortic areas
- Omentectomy – Surgical removal of the omentum (thin tissue that covers and supports the stomach and large intestine)
- Partial hysterectomy – Surgical removal of the uterus
- Total hysterectomy – Surgical removal of the uterus and cervix
In addition to ovarian cancer surgery, a woman’s treatment plan may include chemotherapy, which can destroy any cancerous cells that remain in her body after surgery and also help prevent a future recurrence. Several chemotherapy drugs can be used for this purpose. For instance, the oncologists at Moffitt may recommend a combination of a platinum-based drug, such as carboplatin or cisplatin, and a taxane, such as paclitaxel or docetaxel, for increased effectiveness.
Whether you live nearby in the Clearwater, FL, area or you are planning to travel to Moffitt from a distant city, you don’t need a referral to speak with our experts about ovarian cancer surgery. To request more information, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete our new patient registration form online.