Ovarian Cancer

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for ovarian cancer treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being.

As a patient with ovarian cancer, your best long-term outcome will be achieved with a comprehensive, coordinated approach that incorporates all available therapies.

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.

Most ovarian cancers are either ovarian epithelial carcinomas that form on the surface of the ovary or malignant germ cell tumors that begin in the egg cells.

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.

For reliable, in-depth information about cancer symptoms, staging and diagnosis, visit CancerQuest, an educational and outreach program at Emory University. 

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For the treatment of ovarian cancer, most women have surgery and chemotherapy.

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. Learn more about radiation therapy treatments and services.

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 counselorsnurse navigatorsdietitians and social service professionals.

 Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship. Through these trials, you may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

Learn More About Clinical Trials

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, we are ready to help you. Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. Winship experts are available to provide a second opinion.

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Learn what to expect on your first visit.

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Wendy Baer MD

  • Oncology Psychiatrist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
  • Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD
Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

  • Radiologist
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Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD
Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-1900

Fabienne Ehivet MS, CGC

  • Genetic Counselor
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Fabienne Ehivet MS, CGC

Fabienne Ehivet MS, CGC

Lisa Flowers MD

  • Gynecologist and Obstetrician
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Lisa Flowers MD

Lisa Flowers MD

Joan Giblin NP

  • Survivorship Program
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Joan Giblin NP

Joan Giblin NP

  • An experienced nurse practitioner specialist with extensive patient care involvement, Ms. Giblin facilitates continued good health and quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Survivorship Program Director, Winship Cancer Institute
  • (404) 778-1900

Alan N. Gordon MD

  • Gynecologist and Obstetrician
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Alan N. Gordon MD

Alan N. Gordon MD

Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP
Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP

Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP

Ira R. Horowitz MD, SM

  • Gynecologist and Obstetrician
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                                 Ira R.  Horowitz MD, SM
Ira R. Horowitz MD, SM

Ira R. Horowitz MD, SM

  • 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
  • (404) 778-3401

Namita Khanna MD, MSPH

  • Gynecologist and Obstetrician
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Namita Khanna MD, MSPH

Namita Khanna MD, MSPH

  • Dr. Khanna collaborates with Winship's gynecologic cancer teams to deliver top care to patients with ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancers.
  • Director, Pelvic Surgery Fellowship, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3401

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

Joy McCall LCSW

  • Social Worker
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Joy McCall LCSW

Joy McCall LCSW

  • Located at the Winship Cancer Institute, Ms. McCall works with the Bone Marrow Transplant Center, hematology and gynecologic cancer teams and their patients.
  • Social Worker, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5899

Jane Lowe Meisel MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Jane Lowe Meisel MD

Jane Lowe Meisel MD

  • Dr. Meisel is passionate about women's health, and specializes in treating patients with breast and gynecologic malignancies.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Elisavet Paplomata MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Elisavet Paplomata MD

Elisavet Paplomata MD

Sandra Parker NP-C

  • Team Member
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Sandra Parker NP-C

Sandra Parker NP-C

  • Ms. Parker is an advanced registered nurse practitioner in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7004

Pretesh Patel MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Pretesh Patel MD

Pretesh Patel MD

  • 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

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • At Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Ms. Perlmutter works with patients of all cancer types providing resource referrals and counseling services.
  • Social Worker, Outpatient Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7826

Heather Pinkerton RN, BSN, OCN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Heather Pinkerton  RN, BSN, OCN
Heather Pinkerton RN, BSN, OCN

Heather Pinkerton RN, BSN, OCN

Pamela Randall MDiv

  • Chaplain
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Pamela Randall MDiv

Pamela Randall MDiv

William Read MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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William Read MD

William Read MD

  • 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

Peter Rossi MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Peter Rossi MD

Peter Rossi MD

  • Dr. Rossi is a prostate cancer expert and also specializes in the treatment of prostate, endometrial and cervical cancers.
  • Medical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7004

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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Vinita Singh MD

Vinita Singh MD

  • Dr. Singh collaborates with medical oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Christine Stanislaw MS, CGC

  • Genetic Counselor
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                                 Christine Stanislaw MS, CGC
Christine Stanislaw MS, CGC

Christine Stanislaw MS, CGC

  • Ms. Stanislaw provides genetic counseling, including risk assessment and test coordination, for individuals concerned about the possibility of hereditary cancer susceptibility.
  • Director of Genetic Counseling, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW
Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW

Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW

  • Ms. Tinsley 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