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A team of some of the nation's top experts works together to address your specific condition when you come to MD Anderson's Gynecologic Oncology Center for ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment.

A team of some of the nation's top experts works together to address your specific condition when you come to MD Anderson's Gynecologic Oncology Center for ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Shannon Westin, M.D., M.P.H., is focusing on biomarkers that can help predict patient response to ovarian cancer treatments. She is also involved in several clinical trials for new therapies.

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This group follows you every step of the way, communicating and collaborating closely to deliver outstanding care. Their aim is to deliver the most advanced ovarian cancer therapies with the least impact on your body.

You benefit from this approach, as well as the expertise of some of the nation's top radiologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists and pathologists. They are joined by a support staff extensively trained to provide the highest level of care for ovarian cancer.

Care Planned Just For You

Your treatment for ovarian cancer is personalized to include leading-edge technologies and techniques. These may include advanced surgical procedures, chemotherapy options and targeted therapies. In addition, we offer treatment for benign (not cancer) tumors of the ovaries.

We are one of the most active centers in the nation for treatment of rare ovarian cancers, offering the highest level of care, as well as clinical trials and innovative approaches, including targeted therapies.

Surgery often is needed to diagnose ovarian cancer, and it often is the first line of treatment. Because MD Anderson is a leading cancer center with one of the most active ovarian cancer programs, our surgeons have a high level of expertise that sets them apart from many others.

Personalized Medicine

We are leaders in studying ovarian cancer on the molecular level and translating research into advanced ways to find and treat the disease. Through our high risk ovarian cancer screening clinic and gynecologic cancer genetics clinic, we offer genetic testing for women with hereditary breast ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC) and other high-risk inherited conditions.

MD Anderson leads the nation in innovative research into the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of ovarian cancer, including rare ovarian cancers. In fact, we are one of the few cancer centers in the nation to house a prestigious federally funded ovarian cancer SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) program. This means we offer a variety of clinical trials of new treatments for ovarian cancer.

Treatment at MD Anderson

Ovarian cancer is treated in our Gynecologic Oncology Center.


Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about ovarian cancer, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.

Ovarian cancer facts

Did You Know?

Aggressive ovarian cancer is part of MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program™: an ambitious effort to reduce cancer deaths through the rapid discovery and implementation of new treatments.


Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.

Ovarian cancer symptoms


Blood tests, imaging exams and even surgical procedures are used to check for cancer. Learn what methods doctors use to diagnose ovarian cancer, as well as how they determine its stage.

Ovarian cancer diagnosis


Common cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Doctors select a treatment plan based on your diagnosis and disease stage.

Ovarian cancer treatment


Research fuels our mission to end cancer. Learn how MD Anderson researchers and physician-scientists are fighting cancer by improving prevention, detection and treatment strategies.

Ovarian cancer research

Clinical Trials

MD Anderson patients have access to clinical trials offering promising new treatments that cannot be found anywhere else.

Knowledge Center

Find the latest news and information about ovarian cancer in our Knowledge Center, including blog posts, articles, videos, news releases and more.


Talk to someone who shares your cancer diagnosis and be matched with a survivor.

Prevention & Screening

Many cancers can be prevented with lifestyle changes and regular screening.


MD Anderson has licensed social workers to help patients and their loved ones cope with cancer.

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