Diagnosis & Treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering
Learn how ovarian cancer is diagnosed and treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
- Screening & Surveillance
Memorial Sloan Kettering has created a special program that offers screening tests to women with an increased risk of this disease due to a family history or BRCA mutations.
The two methods currently available to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer from ever occurring are using oral contraceptives or undergoing risk-reducing (prophylactic) surgery to remove the ovary and fallopian tubes.
Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed with a pelvic examination and transvaginal ultrasound (an imaging procedure that uses a special imaging wand inserted into the vagina to identify tumors). A surgical biopsy of the tissue is used to confirm the diagnosis; additional imaging tests may be performed to determine if the disease has spread.
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, treating ovarian cancer usually involves "debulking" surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, followed by a combination chemotherapy treatment.
- Follow-Up Care
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we are dedicated to helping ovarian cancer survivors live their lives to the fullest after treatment. We offer comprehensive follow-up care for women who have been treated here as part of our institution-wide Survivorship Initiative.