Ovarian cancer is cancer that starts in the ovaries. The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that produce eggs.
RAPIDARC RADIOTHERAPY FOR OVARIAN CANCER Instead of the nine-field IMRT procedure originally delivered, the patient received his RapidArc radiotherapy treatment in two rotations of the treatment machine, taking just over two minutes. RapidArc delivers a volumetric intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment in a single or multiple arcs of the treatment machine around the patient and makes it possible to deliver advanced image-guided IMRT two to eight times faster than is possible with conventional IMRT. As well as making treatment a more comfortable experience for patients, faster delivery reduces the chance and extent of patient motion during treatment and enables more precise dose distribution while helping to protect nearby healthy tissue and critical organs. RapidArc Technology is by Varian;
Novalis Tx System by Varian and Brainlab;
HIPEC HEATED CHEMOTHERAPY FOR OVARIAN CANCER HIPEC has been used for many years in patients with colon and pancreatic cancer as well as mesothelioma, but only recently has been used for ovarian cancer. The ovary is the only organ in the body that has its functioning cells facing the interior of the abdominal cavity. Long before the cancer forms, the cells are detached from the ovary and can implant on the surfaces of the diaphragm and bowel. Because of this, HIPEC is an ideal treatment in select patients with ovarian cancer. Performed immediately following surgery, HIPEC delivers heated chemotherapy into the abdominal cavity, where it can penetrate diseased tissue directly. After the surgeon removes as much visible cancer as possible, the heated chemotherapy is circulated throughout the abdomen in an effort to kill the remaining cancer cells. The heated chemotherapy is circulated for 90 minutes and then removed and the abdomen is flushed with a sterile saline solution.