used to shrink
ovarian cancer and slow cancer growth. Chemotherapy is
recommended for most women after the initial surgery for ovarian cancer. But sometimes chemotherapy is given to shrink the cancer before surgery. The number of
cycles of treatment will depend on the stage of your disease.
Chemotherapy medicines for ovarian cancer may be taken by mouth, injected into a vein (IV), or given through a thin tube into the body (intraperitoneal, or IP). Sometimes treatments may be combined to give women both IV and IP chemotherapy.
Incidence and Mortality
Estimated new cases and deaths from ovarian cancer in the United States in 2013:
New cases: 22,240.
Several malignancies arise from the ovary. Epithelial carcinoma of the ovary is one of the most common gynecologic malignancies and the fifth most frequent cause of cancer death in women, with 50% of all cases occurring in women older than 65 years. Approximately 5% to 10% of ovarian cancers are familial, and three distinct hereditary...
Treatment of ovarian cancer with chemotherapy can cause
nausea and vomiting. To help relieve nausea, your doctor will prescribe
medicines you can take with your treatments and when
you get home.
What to think about
Having both IV and IP chemotherapy often causes more serious side effects than having only IV or IP treatment. Side effects include belly pain, nerve pain (neuropathy), and kidney or liver problems. Your medical team will watch you closely. If your doctor
has given you instructions or medicines to treat your symptoms, be sure to
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October 22, 2012
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