Ovarian cancer often presents with subtle symptoms, like bloating, nausea, or pelvic pain. Because it can spread quickly, a rapid, precise diagnosis by a skilled team is the first step to an effective treatment plan.
Expert ovarian cancer diagnosis at AHN
At the AHN Cancer Institute, we use sophisticated technology to diagnose ovarian cancer. You can expect the diagnostic process to be:
- Rapid: We use proven techniques like CT scans, MRIs, and transvaginal ultrasounds to make a precise diagnosis.
- Collaborative: We meet regularly to discuss each patient. You benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists working together to discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan.
- Supportive: Once we make a diagnosis, we work together with your family to offer every means of support. You have access to an oncology social worker, a Navigation Team, and an After Hours Oncology Clinic especially designed for patients with cancer. And our comprehensive support services provide the extra care you need.
Diagnostic procedures for ovarian cancer
Our cancer specialists have the expertise to get you the right diagnosis so you can begin treatment. We diagnose ovarian cancer by evaluating your ovaries for masses and growths, as well as by taking a thorough family history, because ovarian cancer is sometimes genetic.
Initial tests for ovarian cancer include:
- Internal pelvic examination: A physician will feel for any unusual lumps or changes in the area of your uterus or ovaries.
- Transvaginal ultrasound: In this procedure, a physician gently inserts a rounded ultrasound probe into your vagina to look for abnormal conditions. Sound waves create an image of your uterus and ovaries.
- Computed tomography scan (CT scan): This procedure uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to show details of the bones, muscles, fat, and organs.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Using powerful magnets and radio waves, MRIs create detailed images of organs and specific areas within the body.
Once we have diagnosed ovarian cancer, a team of experts reviews your results and develops a personalized treatment plan, depending on the cancer’s stage. Treatment options include chemotherapy, surgery, and immunotherapy. Get more information about treating ovarian cancer.
Call the AHN Cancer Help Line anytime at (412) NURSE-4-U (412) 687-7348 to schedule a cancer-related appointment or to just talk with our nurses about diagnoses, treatments, and side effects.