If you’ve been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, talk to us about treatment options. At City of Hope, our dedicated team of experts take a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating this disease.

Our multidisciplinary staff pursues an integrated approach to treating ovarian cancer by combining the latest research findings with outstanding patient care. This includes using advanced technologies and specialized techniques such as:

  • Innovative, minimally invasive surgical approaches, reducing pain, blood loss and recovery time
  • Cytoreductive (debulking) surgery procedures that can improve outcomes
  • Highly precise radiation delivery, increasing its effectiveness against cancer while reducing exposure to normal tissues
  • Comprehensive diagnostic tools
  • Individually customized chemotherapy regimens, including intraperitoneal (IP) and heated intraperitoneal (HIPEC) chemotherapy
  • Fertility-preserving treatment options

Additionally, City of Hope patients have access to our extensive team of supportive care experts, who will help you and your caregivers achieve and maintain a better quality of life during and after your ovarian cancer treatment.

Learn more about ovarian cancer, including its risk factors and symptoms.

Nationally Ranked Cancer Center

City of Hope is a nationally recognized leader in the research and treatment of gynecological cancers. We are one of the few facilities designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, and for the 12th year, U.S. News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in America. U.S. News also named City of Hope’s gynecological program as one of the top in the nation.

Request an Appointment

If you have been diagnosed with uterine cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment,  request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.

Care Team

City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care.

Yi-Jen Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Radiation Oncology
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Christopher Chung, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery / Urogynecology
Mihaela C. Cristea, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Thanh H Dellinger
Thanh H Dellinger, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gynecologic Oncology
Amy Hakim, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gynecologic Oncology
Ernest S Han, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gynecologic Oncology
Stephen J. Lee, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gynecologic Oncology
Lucille A Leong, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology
Paul S. Lin, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gynecologic Oncology
Wei-Chien Lin, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gynecologic Oncology
Robert J. Morgan, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Nayana L Vora, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Radiation Oncology
Mark Wakabayashi, M.D., M.P.H.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gynecologic Oncology

Success Stories

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Ryan, ovarian survivor

With her cancer in remission, Ryan has been participating in Walk for Hope each year since, raising awareness, support and hope for cancer patients and survivors nationwide.

Tests & Treatments

Every patient is different, with different needs. At City of Hope, we treat you as a valued individual. Our entire ovarian cancer team works together to bring you advanced surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiation and supportive care options that will deliver the best outcome for you. You can also enroll in clinical trials for promising treatments that are not offered elsewhere.

Highlights of our treatment program include:

  • Minimally invasive and robotic surgery, which uses smaller incisions than a traditional open procedure, resulting in less blood loss, reduced pain, shorter recovery time and quicker return to normal activities
  • Cytoreductive (debulking) surgery, which can improve outcomes and increase likelihood of a cure
  • Advanced radiation therapy delivery that is more focused on cancerous cells with less exposure on surrounding normal tissues
  • Fertility-preserving therapy options for young women who want to preserve their fertility after cancer treatment
  • Intraperitoneal (IP) and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), which can improve outcomes for women with advanced cancers.

Your care continues long after treatment is completed, and we are committed to helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery. This includes our survivorship program, which has resources to improve quality of life for our gynecologic cancer survivors.

Learn more about treatment options for ovarian cancer, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and fertility-preserving options.

Clinical Trials

City of Hope is a recognized leader in ovarian cancer research. We offer access to numerous clinical trials and new therapies that are not readily available elsewhere. Our latest research includes developing more precise surgical and radiation techniques for better tumor removal, identifying drugs that can better fight the cancer throughout the body and boosting quality of life for our patients and survivors.

Browse through some of our clinical trials and research projects here.

  • A Phase I Study of a p53MVA Vaccine in Combination with Gemcitabine in Ovarian Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer Patient-Centered Decision Aid
  • PHII-131, NCI#9568: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Phase II Trial Comparing Gemcitabine Monotherapy to Gemcitabine in Combination with AZD 1775 (MK 1775) in Women with Recurrent, Platinum Resistant Epithelial Ovarian, Primary Peritoneal or Fallopian Tube Cancers
  • GOG-0225: Can Diet and Physical Activity Modulate Ovarian, Fallopian Tube and Primary Peritoneal Cancer Progression-Free Survival?
  • A Phase I/IIa, Open Label, Clinical Trial Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Autologous T Cells Expressing Enhanced TCRs Specific for NY-ESO-1/LAGE-1 in Patients with Recurrent or Treatment Refractory Ovarian Cancer
  • Cytoreductive Surgery with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) and Optional Postoperative Normothermic Intraperitoneal (IP) Chemotherapy to Treat Primary or Recurrent Carcinoma of Ovarian, Falliopian Tube, Uterine, or Peritoneal Origin
  • PHII-129, NCI #9322: A Phase 2 Study of XL184 (Cabozantinib) in Recurrent or Metastatic Endometrial Cancer
  • Feasibility and Preliminary Outcomes of Survivorship Care Planning in Ovarian Cancer
  • Resources

    When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family take each step during and after your ovarian cancer treatment. We can help with all of these concerns, and more:

    • Managing side effects
    • Pain management
    • Navigating the health care system
    • Your emotional, social and spiritual health
    • Fertility and sexuality concerns
    • Handling and coping with stress
    • Staying healthy and active
    • Healthy cooking and eating
    • Healing arts
    • Caregiver skills
    • Restoring normalcy in your family, job or school routine

    Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.

    Additional Resources:

    Frequently Asked Questions About Ovarian Cancer
    Statistics About Ovarian Cancer
    Do What You Can to Ease Side Effects of Treatment for Ovarian Cancer
    Fertility Options for Women with Ovarian Cancer
    How to Maintain Emotional Wellness When You Have Ovarian Cancer

    Support the Ovarian Cancer Program

    We deliver exquisite care at the leading edge of cancer treatment. It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts over 100 years ago. Their efforts - and those of our supporters today - have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct. It enables City of Hope to strive for new breakthroughs and better therapies - helping more people enjoy longer, better lives.

    For more information on supporting this specific program, please contact:

    Janet Morgan
    Senior Development Officer
    Phone: 626-218-6250
    Email: [email protected]

    Or, you can Donate Now to make a gift to support all the research at City of Hope.

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    City of Hope experts cover prevention, screening, treatment and other cancer topics on City of Hope’s Breakthrough’s blog.

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