A number of factors will influence the choice of ovarian cancer treatment. These include the stage, grade of the disease, the histopathological subtype, the patient’s age and overall health. Some treatments are standard, while others are being tested in clinical trials for cancer. Researchers are continually in search of new, more effective treatments to combat ovarian cancer. One such exciting development is the production of an ovarian cancer vaccine.
Three kinds of standard treatment are currently used. These include the following:
- Ovarian Cancer Surgery:
Aims to remove as much of the tumor as possible, through a laparotomy or laparoscopysurgery.
- Radiation Therapy:
Uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells or prevent them from growing.
Uses potent drugs to kill cancer cells or at least stopping them from dividing.
What about a complementary or alternative cancer treatment?
Millions of people around the world today are using these types of treatments, either as their sole therapy (alternative therapy), or in addition to the traditional therapies (complementary therapy).
Complementary and alternative therapies can include herbs and dietary supplements, creams or ointments, body movement and spiritual approaches. The methods used can involve anything from nutritional therapies like wheatgrass therapies, to energy medicine such as bio-electric therapies. Some are fairly easy to use and not too expensive such as vitamins or homeopathy, while others require a lot of work and can be very expensive, like strict diets or traveling to cancer treatment centers in other countries for special treatments.