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Although ovarian cancer is most common in women older than age 60, it can and does occur in women of all ages. Most ovarian cancers develop after menopause.

Treatment options

The most common treatment option for ovarian cancer is a total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral ophorectomy with staging - which is the removal of the uterus, cervix, and both tubes and ovaries. Intravenous systemic chemotherapy is usually given after surgery.

Clinical research

As part of our comprehensive service, Norton Cancer Institute gives patients the chance to participate in innovative National Cancer Institute and industry-sponsored clinical research studies.  A list of cancer clinicla trial studies is available online or by calling (502) 629-3449.

Support and Ongoing Care

The Norton Cancer Prevention and Resource Center houses a library of educational resources about cancer prevention and detection, treatment options and recovery. Trained oncology nurses are available to provide one-on-one educational counseling for patients and family members.

The center also offers the following free services for cancer patients and their families:

  • Educational seminars
  • Clinical-trial searches
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Emotional/behavioral counseling
  • Wigs, prostheses and turbans
  • Massage therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Referrals to community resources

In addition to services at the Norton Cancer Institute Resource Center at Norton Suburban Hospital, a support program designed for survivors of gynecological cancers meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Marshall Women’s Health & Education Center, Norton Medical Plaza 3, Room 102, at Norton Suburban Hospital. For more information on the group, call (502) 899-6963.

Norton Healthcare is available to answer questions you may have on gynecological cancers. Please email us at cancer@nortonhealthcare.org and a health care professional will research and respond to your question within 48-hours. Exceptions may include weekends and holidays. Most questions are answered within one business day. Or, call the Norton Cancer Prevention and  Resource Center at 1-800-555-6772 or (502) 629-5500.

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