What are the treatment options for fallopian tube cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The treatment of fallopian tube cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal medication, or radiation. Usually, the first step in treatment of this form of cancer involves taking out the uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. This surgery is called a total abdominal hysterectomy. You may hear other terms such as bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, which refers to the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes, or omentectomy, which refers to the resection of some of the intra-abdominal connective tissue.

After the doctor has removed the cancer surgically, chemotherapy is used to kill remaining cancer cells. Hormonal therapy, in the form of medroxyprogesterone acetate and megestrol acetate, may be added to the chemotherapy regimen, although the benefits of this have not been fully studied. Radiation therapy, a method of targeting cancer cells confined to one area of the body, is also used in the treatment of fallopian tube cancer, although the benefits of this treatment have also not been fully studied. Regardless, the treatment of fallopian tube cancer usually involves more than one form of treatment, and often involves both surgery and chemotherapy.

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