Ovarian Cancer: Mind & Body Medicine

Therapeutic relationships and psychosocial support are an integral part of holistic care, which can have a positive effect on your treatment and overall peace of mind. Patients meet with our licensed social worker at least once during their treatment to learn more about the range of available services, which include:

  • Pet therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Relaxation and guided imagery
  • Patient and caregiver support groups
  • Counseling services to the patient, couple, and/or family

Our licensed mental health professionals can provide referrals and coordinate services to empower your mental health, minimize stress, and improve your relationships and overall well-being. They also can connect patients with qualified practitioners, support groups, and counseling services in your area once you return home.

If requested, members of UAB Medicine’s Pastoral Care team are available for patients and their family members to provide universal spiritual support through individual or group prayer, spiritual counseling, worship services, and assistance with end-of-life issues and decisions. After completing treatment, our Pastoral Care team can further assist your family by introducing them to the concept of forming a Supportive Care Team in your community.

Why UAB

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.

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Related Conditions

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.

CLINICAL TRIALS

UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of 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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