Ovarian Cancer

David Martin, MD -  - Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology

Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists

David Martin, MD

Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology & Gynecologic Oncologist located in Knoxville, TN

When you hear the word “tumor,” cancer is usually the first thing that springs to mind. The fact is that not all tumors are cancerous, which is true of growths that develop on or in your ovaries. To get the best evaluation of your ovarian tumors, count on the expert team at Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists, led by David Martin, MD. To take the first step, call the office in Knoxville, Tennessee, or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.

Ovarian Tumors & Cancer Q & A

What types of tumors develop in the ovaries?

In the simplest of terms, tumors are growths formed by abnormal cells, which may or may not be cancerous. There are several types of noncancerous (benign) tumors that can form on, or in, your ovaries, including:

  • Dermoid cysts
  • Fibromas
  • Cystadenomas

Each of these types of tumors is slow growing, and they usually aren’t large enough to produce any significant symptoms, though you may experience some discomfort in your pelvic region, especially during intercourse.

When it comes to cancerous (malignant) tumors of the ovaries, there are several different types that fall under this category, including:

  • Epithelial tumors — make up about 90% of ovarian cancers
  • Stromal tumors — about 7% of ovarian cancers
  • Germ cell tumors — a rare type of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer strikes approximately 22,500 women in the United States every year, which means that it’s not a terribly common form of cancer. That said, ovarian cancer is serious and requires immediate attention by a gynecologic cancer specialist like Dr. Martin.

What are the symptoms of an ovarian tumor?

In the earliest stages of a developing cancerous tumor, you may not feel any symptoms. As the tumor grows, you may experience:

  • Bloating
  • A feeling of heaviness or discomfort in your pelvis
  • Weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Urinating frequently

These symptoms are often mistaken for other gynecologic or digestive issues, so you’d do well to get checked out by Dr. Martin at the first signs of trouble.

What are the treatments for ovarian tumors or cancer?

Dr. Martin uses the latest laparoscopic techniques to both diagnose and treat ovarian tumors and ovarian cancer. If he confirms that you have a tumor, the first order of business is to determine what type of tumor you have, which will dictate your treatment.

If Dr. Martin finds that your tumor is benign, you may not need any treatment, but just close monitoring. If the tumor is interfering with the function of your ovaries or causing you discomfort, he may recommend laparoscopic surgery to remove the growth.

If Dr. Martin diagnoses ovarian cancer, the first step may be to remove one or both of your ovaries, which he accomplishes using the latest robotic laparoscopic techniques. This technology ensures an added layer of precision and accuracy, while also preserving as much of your tissue as possible
From there, your treatment will depend upon how far the disease has advanced.

If you’d like to learn more about ovarian tumors, call Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists or use the online scheduling tool.