Greater Houston Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncologists located in North Houston, South Houston & Huntsville, TX
Nearly 14,000 women die from ovarian cancer each year. To preserve your reproductive health and prevent life-threatening complications, Kirk Kanady, MD, and Maria Sosa, MD, offer comprehensive care for ovarian cancer at Greater Houston Radiation Oncology with two offices in Houston, Texas, and one in Huntsville, Texas. Whether you need surgery or advanced radiation therapy to treat your cancer, the providers customize your care plan to your needs. Call the Greater Houston Radiation Oncology office nearest you or schedule a consultation online today.
Ovarian Cancer Q & A
What is ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer affects your ovaries, the two structures on each side of your uterus. Your ovaries are responsible for producing female sex hormones and eggs.
This type of cancer may develop due to mutations in your DNA that cause cells to multiply quickly. The cells form a mass known as a tumor that can grow on your ovaries and interfere with their function.
Your risk of developing ovarian cancer increases as you age or have a family history of the disease. You may also be at a higher risk for cancer if you use estrogen hormone therapy for an extended time.
What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?
In the early stages of ovarian cancer, you may not experience any noticeable symptoms. As your condition worsens, you may have:
- Abdominal swelling
- Unexplained weight loss
- Frequent need to urinate
- Changes in your bowel or bladder habits
You may also experience persistent discomfort or pain in your pelvic region.
How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?
The team at Greater Houston Radiation Oncology can determine if your symptoms relate to ovarian cancer through a pelvic exam and imaging tests like an ultrasound. You may also need blood tests to rule out an infection or other condition.
In some cases, surgery is necessary to remove your affected ovary for further evaluation.
How is ovarian cancer treated?
To treat ovarian cancer, the Greater Houston Radiation Oncology team may recommend surgery to remove one or both of your ovaries.
You may also be a candidate for chemotherapy as a standalone treatment for ovarian cancer or following surgery. Chemotherapy uses medications to destroy existing cancerous cells.
The team at Greater Houston Radiation Oncology offers advanced radiation therapies that use high-powered energy beams to destroy cancerous cells. These therapies include:
- RapidArc – Volumetric Arc Therapy
- Image Guidance Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D CRT)
- Four-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (4D CRT)
To learn more about the available custom treatment options for ovarian cancer, contact the Greater Houston Radiation Oncology office nearest you by phone or schedule an appointment online today.
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