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Fallopian Tube Cancer

Our Approach

Treatment for Fallopian tube cancer at MD Anderson's Gynecologic Oncology Center includes comprehensive, exemplary care that is planned by some of the nation's top experts. They work together in highly skilled teams, delivering personalized care with the highest chance of success and the least impact on your body.

Your care team may include medical, surgical, gynecological and radiation oncologists; pathologists; and diagnostic radiologists. A specially trained support staff works with each team to help ensure your care for Fallopian tube cancer is seamless and efficient.

MD Anderson treats more patients with Fallopian tube cancer, a complex type of cancer, than most oncologists in the United States. We have a high level of expertise and experience in diagnosing and treating Fallopian tube cancer.

And at MD Anderson you're surrounded by the strength of one of the nation's largest and most experienced comprehensive cancer centers, which has all the support and wellness services needed to treat the whole person – not just Fallopian tube cancer.

Surgical Experience, Expertise

MD Anderson uses the latest, most-advanced technology and techniques to treat Fallopian tube cancer. Among these are innovative surgical techniques, including minimally invasive options for some patients.

Studies have shown that the success of any surgery depends a great deal on the skill of the surgeon. MD Anderson's renowned surgeons have some of the highest levels of experience and expertise in Fallopian tube cancer procedures.

Pioneering Research

If you are at high risk for Fallopian tube cancer because of inherited genetic conditions, such as BRCA or HNPCCC  (hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer), MD Anderson offers complete genetic testing. Results can help you find if you or your family members are at risk of certain types of cancer, including Fallopian tube cancer.

Fallopian tube cancer is like ovarian cancer in some ways. Many studies in our renowned ovarian cancer research program are open to women with Fallopian tube cancer. This enables us to offer a wider range of clinical trials than many other cancer centers.

If you have Fallopian tube cancer, it is important to be evaluated by expert doctors. We can help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • High level of experience with fallopian tube cancer
  • Latest, most advanced treatments for fallopian tube cancer, including minimally invasive surgery
  • Highly experienced, skilled surgeons
  • Genetic testing for women at high risk of fallopian cancer
  • Range of clinical trials of new fallopian tube cancer treatments

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Fallopian Tube Cancer Facts

Fallopian tube cancer is one of the most rare gynecological cancers. Only about 1,500 to 2,000 cases are reported each year in the United States.  
However, cancers that start in other parts of the body and spread to the fallopian tubes are more common. The main types are cancers of the ovaries, endometrium, digestive tract or breast. These are called secondary fallopian tube cancers.

Fallopian tubes are two tiny ducts, one on each side of the uterus (womb). They connect the ovaries to the uterus. If a woman has not gone through menopause, her ovaries produce eggs (ova) that travel through the fallopian tubes to the uterus. In the uterus, they are fertilized or expelled as part of menstruation (also called the menstrual cycle or periods).

Usually, an egg is released from the ovaries into the fallopian tubes each month. The tubes are lined with small hair-like projections called cilia. These help move the eggs to the uterus.

Fallopian Tube Cancer Types

The main types of Fallopian tube cancer form in the cells that line the inside of the tubes. They are:

  • Serous adenocarcinomas
  • Endometrioid adenocarcinomas

More rare types of Fallopian tube cancer include:

  • Leiomyosarcomas, which form in the smooth muscle of the tube
  • Transitional cell, which form in other cells inside the tube

If you have been diagnosed with Fallopian tube cancer, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

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