When you're of child-bearing age, one of your chief concerns about ovarian cancer is how the disease might affect your fertility. If you have ovarian cancer, the board-certified oncologists at Choice Cancer Care can help. At their locations in Plano, Lewisville, Irving, and Southlake, Texas, they deliver effective treatments while doing everything possible to ensure you have a chance of parenthood in the future. Call the Choice Cancer Care location nearest you or schedule a consultation online today.
Ovarian cancer is a disease where cells in your body mutate, making them grow and multiply at an accelerated rate. These cancerous cells don't conform to the natural life cycle where cells die off; instead, they form masses or tumors.
Ovarian cancer typically develops in cells on the outer surface of your ovaries – the organs where you store eggs and make the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. Sometimes, ovarian cancer can also affect the cells that produce eggs and hormones.
Around 20% of women have a genetic mutation that significantly increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer. The same gene is also a risk factor for breast cancer. If there's a history of breast or ovarian cancer in your family, the Choice Cancer Care team offers genetic testing and counseling services.
In the initial stages, you probably won't notice any symptoms, but as the tumor grows, you might start to experience:
You might also find your periods become heavier or irregular.
Your ovarian cancer treatment at Choice Cancer Care could consist of one or a combination of approaches, including:
Chemotherapy treatment can shrink your tumor before surgery and destroy any cancer cells that remain after surgery. Chemotherapy is known to cause side effects that can be distressing and unpleasant, but the Choice Cancer Care team offers innovative remedies for these problems, such as the Chemo Cold Caps™ system to prevent hair loss.
Targeted therapy involves taking medications that damage cancer cells but leave healthy cells alone. The drugs used in targeted therapy vary in their method of treating cancer. For example, some affect the DNA in your tumor to limit the cancer's growth, while others prevent blood vessel formation in the cancer cells.
If your tumor is in the ovarian cells that create hormones, reducing estrogen production using hormone therapy can help.
Radiation therapy is another possible option but isn't routinely used to treat ovarian cancer.
Both ovarian cancer and the treatment you receive for it have the potential to affect your ability to conceive. Preserving your fertility is one of the Choice Cancer Care team's primary concerns if you're premenopausal.
It's possible to arrange egg preservation, which you need to do before surgery or chemotherapy. Preserving some of your eggs gives you the opportunity of conceiving in the future.
For exceptional treatment and care when you have ovarian cancer, call Choice Cancer Care, or book an appointment online today.