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:
How to keep an infant safe while flying
Traveling with children can be stressful, but preparation can significantly improve the situation, according to University of Alabama at Birmingham pediatrician Candice Dye, M.D.
“First and foremost, be safe and think safe,” said Dye, assistant director of the UAB Department of Pediatrics Residency Program. “Plan ahead for the needs of your infant. Think ahead for how you will keep your infant safe. Go ahead and enjoy traveling with your child.”
Dye suggests waiting until infants are at least 2 to 3 months old to travel. By this age, infants should have received their first set of immunizations, and thus are more protected and less likely to need extensive invasive care if they were to get a fever.
Have a conversation with a pediatrician about traveling with an infant, especially if they have a chronic medical condition such as a heart or lung condition. A pediatrician can discuss any risks of travel and help clear the child for the trip when needed.
Children with tubes in their ears are OK to travel. However, if the tubes were recently placed, consult your surgeon, as with any surgery, before resuming normal activity or travel.
Have needed medications safely stored in a carry-on bag so that they are available at proper dosing times and in case of travel delays, Dye suggests.
“If you have any questions about the safety and health of your child while flying, it is best to consult your physician,” Dye said. “They are trained to recognize risk factors that might put your child in harm’s way.”
Dye also recommends packing your child’s birth certificate in your carry-on for ID, and plan extra time for getting checked in, through security and boarding.
Take a stroller for ease of maneuvering to, from and within the airport. Strollers can be checked at the gate for quick and easy access to use pre- and post-flight.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child be strapped into a car seat when flying, stating, “Although the Federal Aviation Administration allows children under age 2 to be held on an adult’s lap, the AAP recommends that families explore options to ensure that each child has their own seat. If it is not feasible to purchase a ticket for a small child, try to select a flight that is likely to have empty seats where your child could ride buckled in their car safety seat.”
If a child is not strapped in, there is a risk of the child’s slipping out of your hands while you are holding them or of your dropping them, especially during take-off, landing or turbulence.
Dye notes that you should make sure the car seat taken on the plane is compatible with air travel and is approved by the FAA. Children’s of Alabama offers car seat safety checks by appointment, and most fire stations do as well.
Plan for car seat needs upon arrival as well. Most airlines allow car seats to be checked and not count toward your luggage limit. If renting a car upon arrival, remember that you will need a car seat. These can be rented, but Dye recommends bringing your own.
“Taking your own car seat can provide peace of mind, by knowing that it is safe and approved, and you’re comfortable with how it works,” Dye said.
Airlines allow moms to breastfeed and take breastmilk on board their flight, but this will likely take extra time when going through security. If pumping and storing milk at your destination, plan ahead on how you will travel with the breastmilk on the return flight. Make sure that you have a way to keep the breastmilk stored properly. Once breastmilk is frozen, then thawed, it cannot be refrozen; it must be used or discarded.
“If it is a shorter trip, the mom can keep the breastmilk refrigerated instead of frozen for the return trip,” Dye said. “Remember all of the parts to the breast pump, and do not check these in case you get delayed and need your pump sooner than anticipated.”
When boarding a flight, plan for take-off and landing and how the pressure change can affect an infant. Dye recommends breast or bottle feeding to help alleviate ear pain or popping, but make sure to have a very good hold on the infant as it can be bumpy. Sucking on a pacifier would provide similar relief to the ears.
Think about different activities and snacks to occupy your child during travel. Sort out snacks in small, easy-to-access bags or snack cups for toddlers. Have formula and bottles ready, so that water can then be added without having to scoop out formula mid-flight.
“The safety of your infant should be your number one concern,” Dye said. “As long as you are thoughtful and make preparations early, traveling with an infant can be easy.”
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