Ovarian Cancer Treated by Baltimore Gynecologic Oncologists


The ovaries are the female reproductive glands. When cells in the ovaries grow abnormally tumors form and can be cancerous or non-cancerous. This video shows how ovarian cancer develops and can spread throughout the body.

The gynecologic oncology specialists at The Lya Segall Ovarian Cancer Institute at Mercy understand the intricacies of ovarian cancer and the effect it has on women's overall health and well-being. 

Women in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Virginia and across the Mid-Atlantic region have turned to these leading ovarian cancer doctors for their expertise in diagnosing ovarian cancer symptoms and their top quality surgical skills, including traditional and robotic surgery options, combined with their compassionate care and understanding nature. 

About the Condition

About Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer traditionally has been thought to begin in one or both of the ovaries. Current research is suggesting that ovarian cancer actually may begin in the fallopian tubes; however, researchers are continuing to investigate this theory.

The ovaries are the female reproductive glands that consist of three types of cells:

  • Epithelial cells cover the ovaries
  • Germ cells are inside the ovaries and develop into eggs for reproduction
  • Stromal cells form the structural tissue of the ovaries and produce hormones

When these cells in the ovaries grow abnormally, they develop 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 throughout the pelvic region as well as continue to spread to the abdominal area and other organs. The most common form of ovarian cancer begins in the epithelial cells.

Risk Factors for Ovarian Cancer

Risk factors for ovarian cancer can include:

  • Genetic predisposition
    • BRCA 1 or 2 (BReast CAncer) gene mutation
    • Lynch syndrome
  • Family history of ovarian cancer or breast cancer in a:
    • First degree relative (parent, sibling or child)
    • Second degree relative (aunt/uncle, grandparent, niece/nephew or grandchild

Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer >

Meet Our Doctors: Ovarian Cancer Institute
The Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy - Baltimore, MD
Dwight Im, M.D.

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Dr. Dwight Im is internationally recognized for his skill in gynecologic robotic surgery and serves as Director for The Neil B. Rosenshein, M.D., Institute for Gynecologic Care, The Gynecologic Oncology Center and Mercy's National Institute of Robotic Surgery.

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