Recurrent Ovarian Cancer Treated by Cancer Specialists in Baltimore

Surgical Oncology at Mercy - Baltimore

Mercy’s cancer doctors of Surgical Oncology in Baltimore understand that ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult female reproductive tract cancers to diagnose. Our expert cancer surgeons work closely with the doctors of the Gynecologic Oncology Center at Mercy to create a treatment plan for women with recurrent ovarian cancer.

About the Condition

Ovarian cancer begins in one or both of the ovaries. When cells in the ovaries grow abnormally, they form into tumors that either can be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). If cancerous tumors are not detected early, they can spread from the ovaries to the fallopian tubes and pelvis as well as continue to spread to the abdominal area and other organs.

While treatment for early stage ovarian cancer is often successful there is a chance that the cancer can return. Recurrent ovarian cancer most often occurs when the original cancer was diagnosed at a later stage, typically stage III or IV.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms of recurrent ovarian cancer can be similar to other medical conditions and often are overlooked as possible cancer symptoms. Symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal pressure
  • Unintentional weight changes, especially weight gain
  • Pelvic pain or pain during intercourse
  • Urinary frequency without an infection
  • Nausea, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea

If recurrent ovarian cancer is suspected your gynecologic oncologist performs ultrasounds and blood tests prior to recommending further treatment options.

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Treatment Options

Treatment for recurrent ovarian cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy or a combination of the two. The cancer doctors at Mercy will make the best possible treatment recommendations which may depend on your previous treatment plan, the length of time since initial diagnosis and your current symptoms.

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Kurtis Campbell, M.D.

Dr. Kurtis Campbell is a Board Certified cancer surgeon who provides expertise in a variety of procedures including HIPEC for peritoneal carcinomatosis as well as the Whipple procedure to treat pancreatic disease.

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