Ovarian Cancer

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.

In the face of adversity, Caroline Young simply acknowledges it and pushes her way past it.  This 53-year-old, who is the clinical manager at the Saint Thomas Joint Replacement at Saint Thomas Midtown in Nashville, TN, has pushed by adversity a lot over the years.  It started 17 years ago when she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.  The cancer and the radiation that followed destroyed her body, but not her spirit. Read more about her story at NothingShallBeImpossible.com.

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
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid weight loss or gain

See your physician if any of these symptoms persist for more than two weeks.