Ovarian Cancer Treatment
It is devastating to hear the news of cancer but a good treatment plan can be a lifesaver. Treatment of ovarian cancer is planned and carried out by a team of professionals with a multidisciplinary approach. Any particular treatment plan chosen for you will depend on many factors like your age, general health and more specifically on the type and stage of cancer.
The main treatment modalities in case of ovarian cancer are:
- Radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
- Targeted therapy
Often, doctors will choose two or three modalities and start them simultaneously to control ovarian cancer.
Almost in all the cases of ovarian cancer, surgery is a must. In the early stage of ovarian cancer, this surgical treatment is usually the best cure. In advanced stages, surgery is done to relieve symptoms. Chemotherapy is usually started after the surgery. It can also be started before and continued after the surgery.
Treatment by stage
Stage I: When the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, it is possible to save one of the ovaries and the womb if desired by the patient and she can still give birth to a child. In post-menopausal women, both the ovaries and uterus are usually removed. During the surgery, the doctor takes samples from many places in the abdomen and pelvis to completely stage cancer. In case, cancerous cells are detected in any of the samples taken, you will need another surgery to remove all the cancerous tissue. In case it is not found, surgery is usually the only treatment required and chemotherapy is not given. Depending on the cancer stage, sometimes, adjuvant therapy is also started which is basically chemotherapy.
Stage II, III and IV: If cancer has spread out of the ovaries, then the main treatment is surgery and chemotherapy. In early stages, it can be cured but in more advanced stages, the purpose of surgery and therapy is to give supportive help to the patient.
It is the use of high energy X-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink cancer before initiating a surgery in case of large growths. This therapy is rarely used for Ovaries but is of more use in case cancer has already spread. Radiation therapy is targeted to other areas where cancer has spread.
It is required in women after the surgery as the ovaries have been removed. They are the main seat of secretion of sex hormones. Though adrenal gland and fat tissue compensate for the hormones still hormones are to be administered. Women usually experience hot flushes, dry vagina, nausea, vomiting etc, after the surgical removal of the ovaries.
Any cancer diagnosed in the early stage is curable and same is with ovarian cancer. In very early stages, only surgical excision is required. But once it is advanced, treatment becomes more difficult and the aim is mainly to relieve the patient of pain, bleeding, and blockages.
Cost of Cancer Treatment
Due to our long-standing association, we are able to ensure lowest treatment cost for our patients for cancer diagnosis and treatment. We ensure treatment through most advanced LINAC i.e. TrueBeam. At the same time, our rates are lowest in India.
- Cost of PET Scan is USD 200
- Any Cancer Surgery will be provided within USD 4500 - 6000
- Chemotherapy per cycle: USD 450
- Radiation Treatment : USD 2500 - 5000