Ovarian Cancer: Conventional Treatments

Ovarian cancer care is delivered by an experienced team of physicians trained in surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, supported by a dedicated group of advanced practice providers, nurses, and specialty staff. We offer the latest minimally invasive and open surgical techniques, including robotic procedures and complex radical surgery.

Depending on the specifics of your case, the treatment we provide may include some or all of the following:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy, including intraperitoneal chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Targeted therapies
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Genomic testing & personalized medicine
  • Participation in clinical studies of new treatments

Each patient visits with a registered dietician prior to starting treatment to identify goals for caloric and protein needs to prevent malnutrition, restore digestive health, and optimize the treatment regimen. In addition, referrals to classes on healthy eating habits are available to both the patient and her caregiver, so that patients may continue a healthy lifestyle at home, helping you stay strong and nourished as you continue your cancer treatment.


Patients with ovarian cancer are treated at the UAB Women & Infants Center, a beautiful and modern clinical, chemo infusion, and inpatient facility designed and dedicated specifically for women’s health. Our experience is evident in our statistics: From 2010 to 2016 alone, we treated more than 2,880 patients with ovarian cancer, and we have enrolled some 300 patients in clinical trials. Our physicians have access to a large portfolio of research studies, which gives many patients the opportunity to receive cutting-edge treatments often not available at other medical centers.

UAB Medicine is nationally and internationally renowned for our care of patients with ovarian cancer. We were one of only five institutions to be awarded a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in ovarian cancer by the National Institutes of Health. Coupled with the region’s only Comprehensive Cancer Center, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, our patients have access to the most advanced cancer treatments and research available. And through our Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Program for Women's Cancer, we also offer comprehensive risk assessments and prevention strategies for ovarian, breast, and uterine cancer, arming women with knowledge to make informed decisions about their future risk and care options. We are dedicated to improving treatments and ultimately finding a cure for women’s cancers.





UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for ovarian cancer. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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