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Since it is frequently diagnosed in its advanced stages, ovarian cancer is the most serious of all gynecologic malignancies. Common symptoms include pressure or fullness in the pelvis, abdominal bloating, changes in bowel or bladder habits, which are progressive and persistent digestive problems, such as upper abdominal discomfort, distention and gas pains. Since these symptoms are vague and non-specific, it is difficult to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages. The proper diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer is best accomplished by consultations with specialists in gynecological oncology.
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Ochsner’s specialists work as a team to provide the patient with the latest techniques in treatment. Our primary treatment is surgical debulking of tumors followed by aggressive chemotherapy. Oncologists also provide patients with a full range of treatments for ovarian cancer, as well as the management of pelvic masses where there is a suspicion of ovarian cancer. Genetic testing is likewise provided for patients with a strong family history of ovarian cancer. Ochsner’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology participates in research protocols through the national Gynecologic Oncology Group. This offers patients access to the latest and most innovative methods of treatment.