Ovarian Cancer Treatment Center

Why Choose Us

The Ovarian Cancer program at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, offers access to one of the largest gynecologic oncology groups in the state, comprised of an experienced team of physicians and other medical professionals who provide a full-range of state-of-the-art techniques to treat ovarian cancer.

The CINJ Gynecologic Oncology program offers patients with ovarian cancer access to promising clinical trials, innovative research, and minimally invasive and robotic surgery when appropriate. The smaller incisions made with minimally invasive and robotic techniques have many benefits including increased safety, faster recovery, and shorter hospital stays.

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant cells are found in an ovary. Women have two ovaries, where eggs are made and also where most of women’s hormones are made as well.

Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women and causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system, according to the American Cancer Society. About 22,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease this year. The risk of getting ovarian cancer during a woman's lifetime is about 1 in 71, and the risk of dying from it is 1 in 95.

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

The symptoms of ovarian cancer may be different for each woman and because the ovaries are located near the bladder and the intestines, gastrointestinal symptoms often occur. Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • Persistent abdominal bloating
  • Indigestion or nausea
  • Changes in appetite, often a loss of appetite or feeling full sooner
  • Feelings of pressure in the pelvis or lower back
  • Frequent urination
  • Changes in bowel movements
  • Feeling tired or low energy

Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Your specific treatment for ovarian cancer is determined by your doctor, based on your age, health, medical history, as well as your diagnosis and tolerance for specific procedures. Our all-star team of experts provides the full spectrum of care for ovarian cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of treatments. Our multidisciplinary teams use state-of-the art analysis to customize individualized treatment plans and cancer therapies for patients with gynecologic malignancies, including ovarian cancer. Treatment options for ovarian cancer available at the Steeplechase Cancer Center include:

For some women with ovarian cancer, treatment may remove or destroy the cancer, but for others the cancer never goes away completely. We understand that learning to live with cancer can be difficult and very stressful, so the program offers support groups and a gynecologic oncologist board-certified in palliative medicine and hospice care to patients who are dealing with that uncertainty.

Patient Stories

  • Sanchez’s positive experience at Steeplechase Cancer Center has inspired her to pay it forward... she plans to become a medical assistant.

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  • "Knowing that I was doing something more helped me mentally...I liked that I was doing something to keep fighting.”

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  • “Simona held my hand every step of the way, ensured every appointment that I needed was made and that I was comfortable”

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