Ovarian Cancer: Conventional Treatments
Depending on the specifics of your case, the treatment we provide may include some or all of the following:
- 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.
This procedure may be used to treat or diagnose several different conditions. We have listed some of these conditions below for your convenience. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and may vary depending on your specific diagnosis.
- Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic
- Lynne Cohen and Norma Livingston Preventive Care Program for Women's Cancer
- Comprehensive clinical evaluations for breast and ovarian cancer risk
- Comprehensive genetic counseling
- Genetic testing including multi-gene panel testing
- Screening and prevention programs
- Screening and prevention research trials
- An assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner and certified genetic counselor
- Detailed family history and assessment of genetic cancer syndrome
- Collection of serum for germ line genetic testing (when appropriate)
- Development of an appropriate screening plan with mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), pelvic ultrasound, or serum-based tests
Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic
The Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic takes an interdisciplinary approach to caring for patients with serious illnesses, whether they are in active treatment or have completed treatment. Our goal is to help patients fulfill their maximum physical, emotional, spiritual, vocational, and social potential.
The health professionals at the Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic help patients manage the side effects associated with cancer. Referrals to the Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic can be made by any treating physician or nurse or by patient self-referral. A broad range of insurance is accepted.
Patient appointment scheduling is flexible and based on patient needs and other concurrent treatments. Clinic sessions are held Wednesday and Friday mornings with palliative care physicians and fellows. A physician assistant is available Monday through Friday.
Physicians and physician assistants have special expertise in complex symptom management including depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite, pain syndromes, and others.
Nurses support patients by facilitating the clinic sessions as well as managing communication with patients. They are the front line of patient care.
Physical therapists develop individualized programs for each patient to help with coordination, balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, or range of motion. Counselors are experienced in structuring counseling sessions to meet the specific needs of each person. Individual, couple, and family sessions are available.
Nutritionists have expertise in nutrition for patients with serious illnesses.
Massage therapists are trained in all types of massage, including oncology massage, which is a specialized approach that supports the body's health before, during, and after treatment for cancer.
Our clinic is an active teaching environment with fellows, residents, and students in both medicine and nursing participating in patient care.
The UAB Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic is located on the 3rd floor of The Kirklin Clinic.
Patients can request an appointment online or by calling UAB Healthfinder at 205.934.9999 or 800.822.8816.
Lynne Cohen and Norma Livingston Preventive Care Program for Women's Cancer
UAB’s Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Program for Women's Cancer provides comprehensive risk assessment and prevention for breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer, arming women with knowledge to make informed decisions about their cancer risk and care. Launched more than a decade ago, the clinic merges multiple medical specialties with clinical expertise and research to create one of only a few programs of its kind in the nation dedicated to women’s cancers. In addition to offering sophisticated genetic counseling and assessment, the clinic provides access to preventive interventions and clinical trials. The program is staffed by a distinguished group of medical professionals, including surgical and gynecologic oncologists, genetic counselors, nurse practitioners, and research staff, who work together to deliver the highest level of personalized care.
The Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Program for Women's Cancer offers the following services:
When you choose the Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Program for Women's Cancer, your initial one-hour visit (completed in person or soon by telemedicine) will consist of:
Breast Cancer Survivors Explain Why They Chose UAB
For the second consecutive year, the UAB Breast Health Center received a Women’s Choice Award recognizing its dedication to patient care and treatment.
More than 4,600 U.S. hospitals were evaluated for 2016. The award is based on several factors, including positive patient satisfaction scores from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a national survey of women’s priorities in choosing breast care. (Read about UAB’s 2016 “America’s Best Breast Centers” award).
Industry recognition is nice, but nothing speaks as loudly as comments from our patients, such as Lois Core Humphrey, a retired medical technologist who spent many years working for Birmingham-area hospitals. When she found a lump in her breast earlier in 2016, she chose UAB, where 15 years ago she was successfully treated for a soft tissue tumor on the back of her thigh.
“I chose the UAB Breast Health Center because of the good outcome from my previous experience, and because as a member of the health care profession, I knew that UAB had some of the most renowned doctors as well as sophisticated diagnostic equipment,” Humphrey says. “What I loved most was that this team gave me their recommendation for surgery, then they allowed me to have input.”
Humphrey opted for a double mastectomy shortly after her breast cancer diagnosis, and she recently completed chemotherapy.
“This has not been an easy experience; sometimes the side effects have taken their toll on my body,” Humphrey says. “But I sense that I am about to enter the other side of what once seemed like a nightmare. UAB has played a huge and positive role in every step of my journey, and at the end of this, I will survive.”
Angela Hunter, a nurse manager at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Hospital, came to the UAB Breast Health Center in November 2014, shortly after having a tumor removed from her breast.
“UAB was always my first choice when it came to getting a second opinion and starting my treatment,” Hunter says. “All of my doctors and nurses were wonderful, and the nurses in the infusion clinic, too – they all constantly reassured me that I would make it through this.”
Hunter says she chose UAB both for its reputation and convenience.
“The quality of care was outstanding, “she says. “I moved all of my care to UAB. It’s the reputation, but the compassion from the nurses and the doctors is what really sets UAB apart. I won’t go anywhere else.”
Learn more about cancer care at UAB Medicine.
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