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Robotic surgery improves treatment of ovarian cancer
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Robotic surgery improves treatment of ovarian cancer

ATLANTA -- Ovarian cancer strikes about one in 70 women and accounts for about 50 percent of the deaths caused by gynecological cancers. About half who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 60 years or older.

“Ovarian cancer used to be known as a silent killer,” says John McBroom, M.D., gynecologic oncologist with Piedmont Hospital. “But more recently, we’ve found that about 90 percent of women have subtle symptoms. The problem is they are difficult to distinguish between upset stomach or indigestion.”

Dr. McBroom says ovarian cancer is a “lethal” cancer. “Part of the lethality is that about 75 percent of women are diagnosed in stage 3 or stage 4,” he says. “The ability to cure those patients in late stages are much different than those who are diagnosed in stage 1.

Robotic surgery has improved the treatment of ovarian cancer. In fact, Dr. McBroom was the first in Georgia to perform laparoscopic HIPEC therapy for ovarian cancer. Learn more about this new level of high tech surgical care at Piedmont Hospital that is saving lives and improving recovery times for patients.

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