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The Northwestern Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program (NOCEDPP) research is directed at developing tests to detect ovarian cancer earlier, identifying prevention and therapy approaches, and improving the quality of life for women at risk for developing the disease and those who have already been diagnosed.

A tumor marker is a substance found in abnormal amounts in the blood (or in other body fluids or tumor tissue) of women with certain types of cancer. Therefore, the presence of these tumor markers in apparently healthy women may lead to the diagnosis of early rather than late stage ovarian cancer. Researchers have identified various markers, but more laboratory testing is needed to determine whether they are effective in detecting cancer.

Data collected from questionnaires about how cancer risk affects daily living along with clinical data provide valuable insight into identifying women at increased risk, developing prevention strategies and improving quality of life.


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 UpdateOctober 29, 2012