Jefferson University Hospitals

Ovarian Cancer and Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colon Cancer

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Based on your degree of risk, genetic testing might be recommended. Genetic testing to detect mutations in HNPCC-related genes is now available. Jefferson physicians can help you manage the risk factors of ovarian cancer and reduce the probability of developing cancer. If you are found to be at risk for developing cancer, our medical team can devise a risk-management strategy that includes regular cancer screening exams to detect any existing cancers at their earliest, most treatable stages. Our physicians will also determine if you are eligible to participate in clinical research trials for new and experimental cancer-prevention therapies.

If you develop ovarian cancer, the experienced team at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson can carefully guide you through available treatment options that address all your medical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Bringing together the expertise of Jefferson oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologists, radiologists and other specialists, your medical team will give a thorough evaluation and recommend a personalized treatment plan based on the nature and extent of your cancer.

Treatment and Support Programs

Treatment for ovarian cancer usually requires surgery. Because of the complex nature of this surgery, it requires the specialized expertise possessed by Jefferson gynecologic surgeons, who have successfully treated many ovarian cancer patients. In many cases, the surgeon will remove both ovaries, the uterus, fallopian tubes and nearby lymph glands as a precautionary measure or because the cancer has spread.

The Center's physicians and scientists have helped pioneer new approaches to cancer treatment by translating scientific discoveries into improved patient care. Our physicians are experienced in using the most advanced treatment methods and technologies and are at the forefront of developing new chemotherapies. Jefferson is also home to the region's busiest radiation oncology center and one of the largest programs for cancer treatment in the Delaware Valley.

Additionally, we will provide you and your family a support network that includes specially trained nurses, educators, fellow patients and cancer survivors. Among the wide variety of support programs offered at Jefferson is our Buddy Program, which matches cancer patients with trained volunteer cancer survivors who have been through treatment themselves. These volunteers provide one-on-one support either over the telephone or on-site in the waiting area at the Bodine Center for Radiation Therapy/Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. You can also access services to meet your emotional and psychological needs during your course of treatment through the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are the best way patients can receive new therapies and procedures. To find out if a clinical trial might be right for you, ask your health care provider or contact the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Clinical Research Management Office at 215-955-1661.