September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Set of teal awareness ribbonsSeptember is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly women’s cancers, affecting approximately 22,880 women each year. During ovarian cancer, one or more malignant cancerous cells are found in the ovaries, which are almond-shaped organs located on each side of the uterus.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect because the symptoms aren’t obvious and the ovaries are deep within the abdominal cavity. The common ovarian cancer symptoms include:

  • Bloating
  • Frequent urination
  • Trouble eating
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Changes in menstruation
  • Upset stomach or heartburn

Stages of Ovarian Cancer

There are four stages of ovarian cancer and your doctor will determine your stage during surgery. These are the stages of ovarian cancer:

  • Stage I – Growth of the cancer is limited to the ovaries. Stage I includes an A, B and C phase. Each describe exactly where in the ovaries the cancer is located, such as whether the cancer is on the outside of the ovary or whether it is confined to the inside of the ovary.
  • Stage II – During stage II, the cancer involves one or both of the ovaries with pelvic extension.
  • Stage III – Growth of the cancer is in one or both of the ovaries. Stage III also involves the cancer spreading beyond the pelvis and/or spreading to the lymph nodes.
  • Stage IV – Stage IV is the most advanced stage of cancer. At this stage, cancer is seen in one or both the ovaries and it has spread to organs outside of the peritoneal cavity.

What are My Treatment Options?

How to properly treat ovarian cancer depends on the stage. There are three main treatment options available, including:

  • Surgery – This is the most common way to treat ovarian cancer.
  • Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy is used in a majority of ovarian cancer treatments after surgery.
  • Radiation Therapy – This is only rarely used for ovarian cancer treatments.

To learn more about Ovarian Cancer, visit our office in Boca Raton, FL

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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