Diseases and Conditions
Ovarian Cancer Patient Care at BMC
Introduction to Ovarian Cancer Patient Care at BMC
At Boston Medical Center (BMC), the care of patients with ovarian cancer is a collaborative, multidisciplinary process. Organizing our services around each patient, we bring together the expertise of diverse specialists to manage your care from your first consultation through treatment and follow-up visits.
In our highly supportive and collaborative environment, experts in ovarian cancer provide you with the most advanced, coordinated and comprehensive medical care available anywhere—treatment that is effective and innovative in curing and controlling cancer and managing its impact on your quality of life.
At BMC, diagnosis and treatment of patients with ovarian cancer combines the resources of a multidisciplinary clinical center dedicated to personal, patient-focused care with the state-of-the-art expertise and technological advances of a major teaching hospital. As the primary teaching affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine, BMC is at the forefront of clinical practice, surgical expertise and research in oncology.
Ovarian cancer is a treatable disease. In our culture of innovation, collaboration and compassionate care, you will receive treatment from physicians who are nationally recognized leaders in the care of patients with all stages of ovarian cancer.
To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, call BMC Connect at 1.800.841.4325. Patients with a diagnosis or strong suspicion of cancer are given appointments within 72 hours.
Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries. The ovaries, which are a part of the female reproductive system, are located on either side of the uterus within the pelvic region of the body. The ovaries produce eggs (also called ova) and are the primary source of several female hormones.
Many ovarian tumors are benign (noncancerous) and never spread beyond the ovary. The cancerous tumors are more dangerous because they may spread to other parts of the body.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and non-specific. However, women with ovarian cancer often report signs and symptoms that include:
If you have concerns about any symptoms you may be experiencing, please consult your physician immediately.
Although the exact causes of ovarian cancer remain unknown, certain risk factors connected to the disease have been identified. Risk factors are things that increase an individual's chances of developing cancer, but they are not direct causes of the disease. While risk factors may be useful in identifying high-risk individuals, they do not determine whether a person develops a disease. Some risk factors, such as diet, are within our control, while others, such as age, are not.
Some risk factors for ovarian cancer include:
Currently, there are no screening procedures in place to detect ovarian cancer. However, patients with a strong family history of ovarian or breast cancer may be eligible for genetic counseling. For more information, please visit Genetic Counseling, or talk to your doctor to request a referral.