Diana was diagnosed in 2015 with ovarian cancer, and since then has been an advocate for clinical trials.
Center for Gynecologic Oncology
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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Explore the Ovarian Cancer Treatment Program
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:
- Epithelial cell
- Germ cell
- Stromal cell
- Extra-ovarian primary peritoneal carcinoma (EOPPC)
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:
- Access to leading-edge medical therapies
- Newest surgical innovations with emphasis on minimally invasive procedures
- Integrative therapies, such as acupuncture and yoga
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.
Expertise in Diagnosing and Staging 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.
Standard and Novel Medical Treatments
Our patients have access to traditional and innovative treatment approaches including:
- Intraperitoneal chemotherapy, which infuses medicine directly into the abdominal cavity to help improve outcomes and reduce side effects for women with advanced ovarian cancer
- Cancer immunotherapy, which entails vaccinating women with their own modified tumor cells or immune stimulants to bolster the body’s response to cancer therapies
- Therapies for drug-resistant tumors that help boost sensitivity to chemotherapy
Multidisciplinary Patient Care
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:
- Medical Oncologists to prescribe the most effective chemotherapy treatments and discuss available clinical trials
- Radiation Oncologists who specialize in delivering the highest therapeutic dose while protecting healthy tissue
- Surgical Oncologists experienced in the latest minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery approaches
- Oncology nurses and nurse practitioners who specialize in cancer care
- Pathologists specializing in gynecologic cancers who provide a precise diagnosis of your cancer
- Radiologists specializing in gynecologic malignancies that help guide the selection of appropriate imaging tests and provide accurate interpretation
- Oncology psychiatrists and social workers experienced in helping with the cognitive side effects of cancer and treatment, as well the emotional and spiritual aspects of the cancer experience
- A nutritionist to help you with questions about diet and nutrition during treatment
- Palliative care providers to improve quality of life
Excellence in Surgical Care
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:
- Cytoreductive surgery techniques that permit the complete or near complete removal of all cancerous tissue safely and effectively, which studies have found offers women with advanced ovarian cancer the best prognosis (outlook)
- Minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery
- Laparoscopic surgical techniques
- Comprehensive lymph node dissection to detect microscopic disease that otherwise might escape detection by imaging tests
Pioneering Radiation Therapies
Our specialized radiation teams offer a full spectrum of computer-controlled internal and external radiation treatments for ovarian cancer.
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.
Join our ovarian cancer long-term survival study. If you are an eight-year or more stage III or stage IV ovarian cancer survivor, help to improve the treatment, survival and survivorship of all women with cancer.
Meet the Team
Meet our multidisciplinary team of ovarian cancer specialists.
Patient Education and Resources
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.
We help to identify families that may have a hereditary breast or ovarian cancer syndrome.
A checklist of items to bring with you for your first visit and helpful information.
We offer a wide range of integrative therapies, workshops and support groups.
Now Online: Mass General Cancer Center Genetic Series
The Mass General Cancer Center Genetic Series will be presented by Genetic Counselors from the Center for Cancer Risk Assessment.
Hereditary Colon Cancer
Friday, July 24, 2020 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Ovarian Cancer and Your Family: What You Need to Know
Monday, August 3, 2020 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Cancer Genetics 101: Past to Present
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 |12:00PM - 1:00PM
Your Family Health Portrait: How and Why to Learn About Your Family History of Cancer and Other Health Conditions
Friday, October 16, 2020 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Beyond BRCA: Hereditary Breast Cancer Genes
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM
- Patient Story
- Mar | 23 | 2018
Lauren Corduck and her father Bob Cooperstein speak about how their lives have been impacted by having tested positive for a BRCA gene mutation.
- Patient Story
- Feb | 23 | 2017
Iris Martinez has had a whirlwind year. She has endured two minor surgeries, two major (surgeries), four rounds of chemotherapy, and two stem-cell transplants, and has completed her treatment.
- Patient Story
- Apr | 26 | 2017
Since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Kim focuses her time and attention on spending time with those whom she loves and not worrying about the little things in life.