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Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program

Established in 1990, the Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program provides women with new methods for the prevention, early detection, and treatment of gynecologic cancers. The direct connection between the research lab and patient care makes ours the leading center for women’s reproductive cancer research and treatment.

The ovary is the fifth most common site for cancer to develop in American women. However, it is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. There are more deaths from ovarian cancer than from cervical and uterine cancers combined. The program aims to identify ovarian cancer in its early stages when it is highly curable.

Our Approach

We are committed to providing a comprehensive approach to treating reproductive cancers. Our multidisciplinary team is composed of physicians, scientists, nurses, genetic counselors, geneticists, and other medical staff.

The Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program was established in order to identify:

  • Screening tests that are the most appropriate for detecting early ovarian cancer
  • The frequency with which these tests should be employed
  • How frequently these tests are normally performed

We offer the following specialized services for women:

  • Risk assessments, including genetic counseling and physical examinations
  • The latest surgical interventions and postoperative treatment
  • New diagnostic imaging and ultrasound technologies
  • Opportunities for women with normal physical and ultrasound examination results and also for women with ovarian cancer to participate in approved clinical trials to develop new treatments

Our approach to ovarian and other gynecological cancers is rooted in a program called Discovery to Cure, a broad initiative launched by Yale to combat all reproductive cancers. The program combines the cutting-edge research we do in the lab with a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care and the latest early detection methods.