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:
What you need to know about SIDS
Facts About SIDS
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants 1 to 12 months of age. Because there is no known cause of SIDS, the syndrome has an aura of mystery and understandable fear for parents. However, research provides important distinctions that remove some of the mystery about unexplained infant deaths, and, most importantly, indicate methods of infant care that significantly reduce the risk.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a recent term, "sudden unexpected infant deaths" (SUID), making SIDS a subcategory of SUID. Each year in the United States there are about 3,500 SUIDs. These deaths occur among infants less than a year old and have no immediately obvious cause. There are three categories:
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) The sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that remains undetermined after a thorough investigation, including an autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history. About 1,500 infants died of SIDS in 2014, the latest year for which the CDC has published data.
Unknown Cause The sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that remains unexplained because some aspect of the investigation was not completed.
Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed
The sudden death of an infant less than 12 months old caused by suffocation from soft bedding—for example, when a pillow or soft material covers an infant's nose and mouth. Other causes are overlay when (a parent or sibling rolls on top of or against the infant during sleep), entrapment (infant caught between two objects such as a mattress and the wall, bed frame, or furniture), and strangulation (infant’s head and neck caught between crib railings or other structure).
Nearly 25 percent of SUIDs in recent years have been the result of some form of suffocation. That’s a grim statistic, but also a hopeful one, because it means that such deaths may be prevented by simple procedures. The following infant-care methods can reduce the risk of both SIDS and suffocation.
1. The back sleep position is the safest position for all infants, including those born preterm or early. You should always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for all sleep times—for naps and at night—to reduce the risk of SIDS. Babies who usually sleep on their backs but who are then placed to sleep on their stomachs, for a sleep time like a nap, are at very high risk.
2. Babies who sleep on soft surfaces or under a soft covering, such as a soft blanket or quilt, are at higher risk for SIDS and suffocation. Use a firm sleep surface covered by a fitted sheet. Infants should never sleep on soft surfaces such as a sofa, comforters, quilts, or pillows. Do not place your baby to sleep on a waterbed, sofa, or soft mattress that allows the infant’s head to sink into the surface.
3. Keeping a baby's sleep area in the same room and next to where you sleep is recommended to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Your baby should also not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you or with anyone else. Babies who are placed for sleep on adult bed, sofa, couch, or armchair are at serious risk for accidental suffocation, entrapment, injury, and death—whether they are alone or if they share the sleep area with someone
4. Do not place soft objects, toys, crib bumpers, and loose bedding in an infant’s sleep area. It is reported that the majority of other sleep-related infant deaths are due to accidental suffocation involving pillows, quilts, and extra blankets. Loose bedding and soft bedding, placed over or under the baby, such as quilts, comforters, and pillows increase the risk of SIDS regardless of sleep position. Bumper pads and similar products that attach to crib slats or sides are frequently used with the intent of protecting infants from injury. However, evidence does not support using crib bumpers to prevent injury. In fact, crib bumpers can cause serious injuries and even death.
5. Research shows that babies who are breastfed or fed with breast milk for the first six months of life are at lower risk of SIDS. Breastfeeding has many health benefits for mothers and babies. If you bring your baby into your bed to breastfeed, make sure to put him or her back in a separate sleep area, such as a safety-approved crib, bassinet, or portable play area, in your room next to where you sleep when finished.
6. Research shows that babies who used pacifiers during their last sleep were at significantly lower risk for SIDS than were babies who did not. Think about giving your baby a dry pacifier for sleep, but don't force the baby to use it.
7. Infants who get too warm during sleep might sleep too deeply and be unable to wake themselves up, which could play a role in SIDS. For these reasons, you should dress your baby in no more than one layer more of clothing than an adult would wear to be comfortable. Babies who are too warm might sweat, have damp hair, have flushed or red cheeks, have a heat rash, or breathe rapidly (as if they are panting). Using a blanket is not recommended. In most cases, sleep clothing without a blanket is enough to keep baby warm during sleep. If you are concerned the room is not warm enough, consider using an infant blanket sleeper.
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