What is ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer is when cells in your ovary grow in an uncontrolled way and form a tumour. We don’t know what causes ovarian cancer. But we do know that it is influenced by your age, lifestyle and family history.
The most common treatments for ovarian cancer are surgery and chemotherapy. You may also be offered hormone treatment, targeted treatment or radiotherapy. The type of treatment you receive will depend on your individual circumstances. Your consultant will discuss your treatment options with you.
You can find a good explanation of treatment choices at Ovacome.
You can also find useful information at Macmillan.
We are keen to improve ovarian cancer care by recruiting to clinical trials. If you are suitable for a trial, your team will discuss this with you. More information on trials can be found at Cancer Research UK.
There are many different members of staff involved in your care.
Medical Oncologists are doctors specialising in the treatment of cancer involving drug treatments:
- Dr Ros Glasspool 0141 301 7062
- Dr Patricia Roxburgh 0141 301 7118
- Dr Jennifer Brown 0141 301 7130
- Dr Barbara Stanley 0141 301 7120
Ovarian Clinical Nurse Specialists
Ovarian Clinical Nurse Specialists can provide information, advice and support to you as you go through treatment and direct you to help from other sources if needed e.g. benefits, Macmillan grants, and psychological support services.
- Tricia Flanigan 0141 301 7599
- Carolyn MacGillivray 0141 301 7599
Non-medical prescribers are pharmacists and nurses who will assess you and prescribe your chemotherapy in clinics
- Carla Forte
- Sarah Coulter
- Dorothy Molloy
IV Chemotherapy Nurses
IV chemotherapy nurses give chemotherapy in out-patient chemotherapy units.
Clinical Trials Nurses
Clinical trials nurses provide support and information for you if you take part in clinical trials.
- Kate Beattie
Out-patient nursing staff
We hold outpatient clinics and give chemotherapy in the Beatson. Sometimes you will need to be admitted to a ward at the Beatson for treatment – this will usually be ward B5.