Ovarian Cancer Treatment in St. Helena

We treat patients in all stages of ovarian cancer

Women have two ovaries located on each side of the uterus. The ovaries produce eggs and hormones. Unfortunately, ovarian cancer is rarely detected in the early stages.

However, no matter what you hear or read about ovarian cancer, keep in mind everyone’s experience with cancer is different. When it comes to assessing your situation, your best resource is an oncologist that you trust.

At the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center, we provide ovarian cancer treatment for patients in all stages. We take a patient-centered approach to care, focused on treating the cancer and helping patients live more comfortably.

Some symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer

It is rare that ovarian cancer manifests symptoms in the early stages. There are no practical screening tests for the disease as of yet.

One of the best means of remaining vigilant about ovarian cancer is knowing your risk factors. Ovarian cancer is most common in women between the ages of 50 and 60. Your chances are increased if someone in your family had the disease, have received estrogen hormone replacement therapy over a long period or if you began menstruation at an early age. Keep in mind that even if you fit all these factors, none of these are a guarantee that you will develop ovarian cancer.

In rare cases, you may experience these symptoms in the early stages of ovarian cancer:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feeling full more quickly than usual
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Frequent urination
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Pelvic discomfort

These symptoms could be indicators of an unrelated medical condition. Speak to your doctor if any of these have been concerning you. Ask if your symptoms could be an indicator of something serious.

Treatment for ovarian cancer

For patients with late-stage ovarian cancer, treatment usually focuses on managing symptoms and pursuing radiation therapy and chemotherapy. If caught early enough, it may be possible to remove cancer through surgery. This may involve removing one or both ovaries or removing the ovaries and the uterus.