According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed each year with ovarian cancer in the United States.
Ovarian cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths from gynecologic tumors in the U.S.
Ovarian cancer is now believed to arise in the tissue of the fallopian tube and then disseminates to the ovaries and peritoneal cavity.
Typically, there are no early symptoms of this type of cancer. For this reason, it has usually spread by the time of diagnosis.
There are several subtypes including epithelial and stromal cell; with epithelial being the most common.
Currently, oncologists base their treatment strategies upon the stage of disease.
Early stage may be managed with surgery alone.
For more advanced stages, physicians generally use standard chemotherapy protocols.
Ovarian cancer patients usually receive the combination of Carboplatin plus Taxol (paclitaxel).
However, many other drugs are active in this disease, including: Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Doxil (liposomal doxorubicin), Doxorubicin (Adriamycin), Gemcitabine, Taxotere (docetaxel), and Topotecan. Common drug combinations include Carboplatin & Taxol, Carboplatin & Taxotere, Carboplatin & Doxil, Carboplatin & Gemcitabine and others.
Nagourney Cancer Institute uses each patient's tumor to determine the right drug or drugs to prescribe for a woman with a gynecologic cancer. Our clinical staff works with each patient to provide an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan.
Call us today at 1-800-542-4357 or email us via our CONTACT US page to find out how the Nagourney Cancer Institute can help you identify the most effective ovarian cancer treatment based on your unique tumor makeup.
The graph is derived from an analysis published in Gynecologic Oncology.
It represents a prospective correlation between drug sensitivity measured in our lab to the combination of cisplatin plus gemcitabine in ovarian cancer patients with a mixture of platinum-sensitive and platinum-resistant disease.