Ovarian Cancer Program
The mission of the UAB Medicine Comprehensive Ovarian Cancer Program is to improve the lives of women affected by or at risk for ovarian cancer. The first of its kind in the Southeast, our program bundles many important services for patients and their families, which in addition to conventional treatment may be combined with patient and caregiver support services, mind/body medicine, naturopathic therapy, oncology rehabilitation, fertility preservation, and more.
Each patient is assigned a nurse navigator to assist you throughout your treatment journey. The nurse navigator makes contact with the patient prior to the initial appointment, provides an overview of the program, discusses expectations, and assists with lodging, parking, and other arrangements. The navigator meets with each family upon arrival to the appointment, introduces the care team, and completes a comprehensive needs assessment. Navigators also are responsible for ensuring that all program services identified for the patient were provided during her treatment and that all necessary referrals have been made.
For women who have an elevated risk for ovarian cancer, we offer “previvorship” care, through which we provide the education and medical knowledge patients need to make informed decisions about their ovarian health. This program increases the likelihood of early detection and offers clinical solutions that may reduce the chances of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the future. For women whose cancer is now in remission, our survivorship care provides the ongoing medical and emotional support they need to remain healthy, long after their treatment has come to an end.
Rewind to September 2016, when Elizabeth visited her local physician in North Georgia complaining of a sore navel. A suspicious CAT scan led her to a nearby oncologist, who diagnosed her with stage 3 peritoneal cancer, a rare cancer that develops in the thin layer of tissue lining the abdomen and affects women almost exclusively. It is very similar to ovarian cancer and is treated in the same way.Read the article ››