Nearly 22,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with
ovarian cancer every year. The symptoms are often vague, making ovarian cancer hard to detect. When found early, outcomes can be improved. Across Middle Tennessee, the Saint Thomas Health team is helping women recognize the early signs of ovarian cancer.
Surgery and chemotherapy are generally the first course of
treatment for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Our team of
specialists will determine the best course of treatment for each
individual based on a variety of factors, including the size of the
tumor, the stage of the cancer, the patient's age, overall health and
desire to have children. Rest assured that we have the latest
technology, including robotic surgery, to provide the best outcomes.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
Though most women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will have
experienced some symptoms early on, they are often vague, and many women
will initially dismiss them as a natural part of growing older,
indigestion or gaining weight.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
- Abdominal pain or discomfort such as swelling, bloating, cramps, gas or indigestion
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea, diarrhea, constipation or frequent urination
- Vaginal bleeding
- Rapid weight loss or gain
See your physician if any of these symptoms persist for more than two weeks.