Your Winship care team draws on Emory’s vast resources in surgical oncology and medical oncology, to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments for ovarian cancer.
Our multidisciplinary care teams also include pathologists, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses with expertise in ovarian cancer and other gynecologic cancers. As specialists, our teams develop groundbreaking surgeries and treatments that produce better outcomes.
The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:
- Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top cancer experts in the world.
- Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
- Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
- Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
- Access to support programs and groups for you and your caregivers.
- Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.
Your physician may be able to detect ovarian cancer during a routine exam.
Surgery is used to make a diagnosis, to determine the stage of the disease and to remove the tumor and any abnormal tissue.
Though the use of radiation treatment solely for the treatment of ovarian cancer is rare, it may be used in some cases to relieve pain or other symptoms that result from
chemotherapy or surgery.
Surgery: During surgery, the surgeon will make a cut in the wall of the abdomen in a procedure called a laparotomy. Depending on where the cancer is found, one of the following surgeries may be performed:
- Salpingo-oophorectomy - removes both ovaries and both fallopian tubes.
- Hysterectomy - removes the uterus.
- Other surgical procedures may be used to remove surrounding lymph nodes, tissue samples from the pelvis and abdomen, or the omentum which is the fatty tissue that covers the intestines. Here at Winship, our doctors have pioneered a groin dissection technique for the removal of lymph nodes that improves recovery and lowers the risk of infection.
Chemotherapy drugs are usually injected or given by mouth and are used to kill cancer cells. Some women may have chemotherapy before or after surgery.
Radiation Therapy: uses high energy x-ray beams to treat cancer. Usually, radiation therapy is not the initial method used to treat ovarian cancer; however, radiation therapy may be used to treat pain and/or other symptoms caused by other ovarian cancer treatment methods. It is possible that radiation to the abdomen may cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, and/or nausea. Radiation therapy may also cause skin irritation. Most times, a doctor can try to relieve these symptoms with certain treatment methods.
In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians and social service professionals.
Your Treatment Team
- Dr. Flowers has developed management guidelines and classification for cervical disease and lower genital tract diseases. She is an expert of these diseases and pre-cancerous gynecological conditions.
- Director of Colposcopy Services, Grady Cancer Center
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- An internationally renowned gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Ira Horowitz is the John D. Thompson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine.
- Chief Medical Officer, Emory University Hospital
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- Ms. Hughes works with the genitourinary and gastrointestinal patients at Winship Cancer Institute and the breast, gynecological and sarcoma patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
- Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
- (404) 778-5976
- Dr. Khanna collaborates with Winship's gynecologic cancer teams to deliver top care to patients. She currently investigates the use of robotic surgery to manage ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancers.
- Director, Pelvic Surgery Fellowship, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
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- Dr. Patel specializes in the treatment of genitourinary and gynecological malignancies as well as the use of high-dose rate brachytherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-3473
- Dr. Read is a medical oncologist who cares for patients with gynecologic malignancies, brain tumors, sarcomas of soft tissue and bone and complicated skin cancers at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.
- Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-1900