Ovarian Cancer Chemotherapy
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Chemotherapy for Ovarian Cancer
For most ovarian cancer patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), chemotherapy is an important part of treatment. Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy cancer cells and tumors in the body.
Many of our patients have received prior ovarian cancer chemotherapy treatments. Our medical oncologists treat ovarian cancer with an aggressive and creative approach, trying different chemotherapy drug combinations when standard therapy is not enough.
We also choose methods that deliver high doses of chemotherapy to tumors, while minimizing damage to the rest of your body. For the treatment of ovarian cancer, chemotherapy is typically given:
- Orally – by mouth.
- Intravenously – through a vein.
- Directly into the abdomen through a catheter – called intraperitoneal chemotherapy.
For many of our patients, we place a port to deliver chemotherapy directly to the veins or tumor site, which minimizes discomfort for ongoing chemotherapy treatment.
Treatment Options for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer
We treat a large number of women with recurrent ovarian cancer, for whom the standard chemotherapy regimen has not worked. We perform tumor molecular profiling to help us identify drugs that are more likely to be effective so we can provide more focused treatment from the start.
Helping You Manage Chemotherapy Side Effects
You’ll have access to a variety of supportive therapies during your chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer at CTCA to help manage or prevent chemotherapy side effects, like nausea, vomiting and fatigue. We take an aggressive and proactive approach to supporting your health, so you can continue treatment. Practitioners from nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine and mind-body medicine will work with you and your oncologist to develop the best treatment plan for you.
Our Infusion Center is designed to be a relaxing and friendly place, where you decide how to spend your time during treatment. You can sit with loved ones, read a book or take a nap in a private room. You can also receive supportive therapies during chemotherapy for ovarian cancer, such as massage, guided imagery or relaxation techniques.
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