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Center for Gynecologic Cancers
Specialists in the Center for Gynecologic Oncology are experienced in the treatment of all stages and forms of common and rare types of ovarian cancer, including:
We are committed to providing you with compassionate, effective treatment based on the most advanced approaches for preserving sexual, reproductive and hormone function.
In addition to traditional approaches, we offer the following innovative approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer:
Genetic counseling and testing for patients and family members is available at our Center for Cancer Risk Assessment. This service is especially valuable for patients with a family history of ovarian and related cancers.
Our pathologists are sub-specialized in identifying gynecologic malignancies. This expertise leads to more accurate diagnosis and staging, which forms the basis for your treatment.
Our gynecologic cancer pathologists are internationally recognized and consulted on the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. They participate in tumor board meetings, sharing information about each patient’s unique cancer with the entire treatment team to help guide care planning.
Our diagnostic experts are aided by advanced technologies including blood testing for the CA-125 ovarian tumor marker.
Our patients have access to traditional and innovative treatment approaches including:
Our gynecologic oncology surgeons are experienced in treatment of rare and common cancers and are recognized leaders in their fields. Research has shown that surgeons performing higher volumes of particular procedures offer patients better outcomes. Studies also confirm that ovarian cancer patients initially treated by gynecologic oncologists have improved survival rates compared to those treated by general gynecologists or general surgeons.
Depending on the location and stage of your cancer, your care team may recommend:
Our specialized radiation teams offer a full spectrum of computer-controlled internal and external radiation treatments for ovarian cancer.
Learn more about radiation therapy.
Your personalized treatment plan will be developed by experts from an array of gynecologic cancer specialties. Depending on the stage and other characteristics of your cancer, this treatment plan may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of these therapies.
The specialists involved in your care may include:
Michael J. Birrer, MD, PhDProgram Director, Gynecologic Oncology Program
Don S. Dizon, MDCo-Clinical Director, Gynecologic Oncology Program
Marcela G. del Carmen, MD, MPHCo-Clinical Director, Gynecologic Oncology Program
The ovaries are female reproductive organs located in the pelvis. Cancer that begins in the tissues of an ovary is called ovarian cancer.
There are three main types of ovarian cancer: epithelial ovarian cancer, germ cell cancer and stromal cell cancer. Each is named for the tissue in which the tumor (abnormal growth) starts.
The American Cancer Society estimated that about 21,290 women in the United States would receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2015, and that the disease would cause about 14,180 deaths.
A diagnosis of ovarian cancer may be made through tests and procedures including:
The most common form of ovarian cancer treatment is surgery. Types of surgery include:
Nonsurgical ovarian cancer treatments include:
Clinical trials are research studies of new drugs, new combinations of drugs or already approved drugs being studied to treat patients in new and different ways. They may include new drug doses or new ways (schedules) to give the drugs. Clinical trials are run under strict guidelines. Their purpose is to help find out whether new cancer treatments are safe and effective or better than the standard (current) treatment.
Cancer is increasingly becoming a disease in which the genetic make-up of each individual cancer drives therapy. The Center for Gynecologic Oncology also has access to clinical trials involving these targeted therapy approaches.
The Cancer Center also offers the Lazarex-MGH Cancer Care Equity Program, which strives to promote awareness about and access to cancer clinical trials through community outreach and education, financial assistance, and patient navigation. Learn more about this program.
If you have any questions or would like to speak with one of our doctors, please call the Center for Gynecologic Oncology at (617) 724-4800.
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