Fallopian Tube Cancer Treatment
Fallopian tube cancer treatment
depends on the extent and stage of the cancer, presence or absence of metastases. Your doctor can also consider
your general health and age to recommend you an appropriate therapy. Knowing these details, your oncologist can
determine which treatment is most effective for your cancer. After envisaging a treatment, you will be invited
to participate in the final choice.
Most of the times, the
treatment of fallopian tube cancer includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. If the cancer is diagnosed
early, your health care provider can use surgery alone or in combination with radiotherapy to treat it. In case
of an advanced cancer, the treatment will include chemotherapy.
Surgical intervention is
often performed to treat tubal cancer. Type of surgery performed depends on the extension of the cancer and its
location. Fallopian tube cancer tends to spread to the uterus and ovary; your surgery can perform a total
abdominal hysterectomy in order to remove the ovaries, tubes and the uterus along with the
If the cancer is aggressive
or has spread to other organs and cannot be completely removed, a cytoreduction surgery
combined with chemotherapy can be
necessary. The goal of this therapy is to decrease the size of the tumor for subsequent treatments.
Chemotherapy is the use of
powerful drugs to destroy cancer cells, or prevent them from growing. Unlike surgery and radiotherapy,
chemotherapy attack cells in your entire body. Most often, treatment consists of simultaneous administration of
several chemotherapeutic agents (polychemotherapy).
Whatever agents and dosage
administered, the drugs must be strong enough to destroy the cancer cells but not too powerful to destroy too
many healthy cells. In most cases, the chemotherapy drugs will be
given by intravenous injection approximately five times a week over a period of three months.
The chemotherapy drugs
always cause side effects; the most common include:
- loss of
- loss of
- low sex
risk of infections.
Radiotherapy (Radiation therapy)
Radiotherapy is a cancer
treatment consists of using x rays to destroy cancer cells by preventing them from dividing. Unlike
chemotherapy, radiation acts locally on the treated area. For women who have an advanced fallopian tube cancer,
radiation may be used to shrink the tumor and make it possible to be removed surgically. Radiation therapy can
also be used to relieve pain caused by a cancer that has spread into other parts of the body.
The three most common side
effects of radiotherapy include:
skin redness and pain