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If you may have or do have ovarian cancer, getting the correct diagnosis the first time, followed by the right treatment, is a very important step toward a cure. The specialists at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in partnership with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, are uniquely trained to make an early diagnosis and treat ovarian cancer. We know how important it is to practice personalized medicine and to treat the whole patient, which in part means offering:

  • The right treatment
  • At the right time
  • Based on the right tests
  • For the right patient

A Treatment Philosophy that Focuses on You

Our treatment philosophy embraces caring for the whole patient—body, mind and spirit. Winning this battle, by preventing and curing ovarian cancer, is something we work towards every day. We believe that every woman faced with ovarian cancer should survive with her hopes and dreams intact.

Studies report that the best cure and survival rates are seen when:

  • The correct diagnosis is made the first time
  • The right surgery is performed
  • The right chemotherapy is given

It is imperative that women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed as early as possible, so diagnostic procedures and doctors skilled at diagnosis are of the utmost importance.

How Our Care is Different

Many studies have shown that rare conditions, such as ovarian cancer, are best treated by specialists who care for women with these conditions regularly. Our gynecologic oncologists are experts in the field who collectively perform more ovarian cancer surgeries than any hospital in Illinois. We are experts in diagnosing and treating ovarian cancer, and we have years of experience leading gynecologic cancer programs. We also participate in many clinical trials that help us learn more about ovarian cancer and how to best treat it.

If you come to Northwestern Memorial to be treated for ovarian cancer, we will work with you to find a treatment plan that works for you. We understand that every woman is different, and we will respect your desire to include personal elements in your care plan, such as:

  • Spirituality
  • Complimentary therapies, including integrative medicine and wellness
  • Emotional support
  • Physical rehabilitation

As we move toward a cure for ovarian cancer, we do what we can with what we know today.

What We’re Doing to Advance Early Detection & Prevention

We are doing our part to make sure all women know what they can do now—to stop ovarian cancer before it starts.

Prevention and early detection are the best way to combat ovarian cancer, and the Northwestern Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program works with women who have an elevated risk for ovarian cancer. 

Preserving Fertility

When women of childbearing age are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, many are concerned about losing the ability to have children. Fortunately, we are able to preserve fertility with some ovarian tumors. Visit MyOncofertility.org for more information about preserving fertility.


If you or a loved one has been told you may have or do have ovarian cancer, and you’d like to be evaluated or treated by one of the gynecologic oncologists at Northwestern Memorial, call 312-695-0990. An intake nurse will help you decide if a gynecologic cancer specialist is the right doctor for you, and may ask for your medical records or doctor’s referral.

If you don’t have a doctor or would like to make an appointment with a gynecologist for the first time, call 1-877-926-4664 or request an appointment online.

 The ovarian cancer section was made possible by a generous grant from Bears Care.

Last UpdateJune 23, 2011