Fallopian tube cancer, also known as tubal cancer, develops in the fallopian tubes that connect the ovaries and the uterus.
Fallopian Tube Cancer Symptoms
Sometimes women with Fallopian tube cancer do not have symptoms. Other times, the signs are vague and like those of other conditions. Symptoms vary from woman to woman and may include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially after menopause
- Abdominal or pelvic pain or pressure
- Unusual vaginal discharge that is white, clear or tinged with pink
- A mass in the pelvic region
These symptoms do not always mean you have Fallopian tube cancer. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.
Fallopian Tube Cancer Diagnosis
During the early stages of disease, a pelvic exam is often normal. As the cancer becomes more advanced, there may be changes in the size, shape, or feel of the uterus or surrounding structures.
Tests that may be done include:
- Ultrasound of the pelvis
- Transvaginal ultrasound
- CT or CAT scans
- Blood tests
Fallopian Tube Cancer Treatment
No matter what the stage of your fallopian tube cancer, our team of gynecologic oncologists will recommend surgery. Depending on the size and growth of the tumor, there are different surgeries your surgeons may recommend:
- If the tumor is still contained within the tube your surgeon may recommend minimally invasive surgery to remove the tumor.
- If the cancer has spread you may need an open procedure to remove the tumor and spread of cancer tissues. Known as HIPEC, or intraperitoneal chemotherapy, it is the use of chemotherapy directly into the abdomen during surgery to kill the remaining cancer tissues.
If your cancer is advanced and metastatic, meaning it has spread, our doctors may recommend a two-pronged approach to chemotherapy. Known as cyclic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, it involves receiving two doses of chemotherapy each time you have a chemotherapy treatment. One dose will enter your body through a vein. The other dose will enter your peritoneal cavity, or your abdomen, where the cancer originally grew, through a catheter. This two-pronged approach attacks the cancer cells through your entire system, as well as their point of origin.