For most women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, treatment involves a combined regimen of surgery and chemotherapy. A patient’s treatment team can determine the best approach after evaluating several individual factors, including the type and stage of the cancer and the patient’s general health and personal preferences. Many women from St. Petersburg, Florida, turn to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for ovarian cancer treatment. Serving patients from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, Moffitt is committed to helping our patients find the best possible quality of life.
Just a quick drive north from St. Petersburg, FL, Moffitt offers patients several unique advantages. For instance, we take a multispecialty approach to cancer treatment. This means that each patient benefits from the expertise of several specialists – as opposed to a single physician – in one convenient location. Every week, our collaborative team of medical professionals comes together as a tumor board to review all surgical cases and also present other challenging cases for review and discussion. As a result, our individualized treatment plans are developed with input from multiple experts, including gynecologic oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, reproductive endocrinologists, plastic surgeons and supportive care providers.
In most cases, debulking surgery is recommended to remove as much ovarian cancer as possible and determine whether the cancer has spread. At Moffitt, some of the surgical techniques that we use for ovarian cancer treatment include:
- Unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
- Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
- Partial hysterectomy
- Total hysterectomy
- Lymph node dissection
After surgery, chemotherapy may be recommended to destroy any remaining cancerous cells. Most of the chemotherapy drugs that are used for treating ovarian cancer are administered intravenously (injected into a vein) or intraperitoneally (delivered by a catheter placed in the abdominal cavity).
If you’re from the St. Petersburg, FL, area and would like to discuss your ovarian cancer treatment options with the team of gynecologic cancer experts at Moffitt’s Center for Women’s Oncology, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete our new patient registration form online. We do not require referrals.