Specialists and Care Centers

Ovarian Cancer Specialists and Care Centers

The Northwestern Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program (NOCEDPP) is a collaborative effort between Northwestern University and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. This collaborative effort integrates the clinical screening of women at high risk of ovarian cancer with the development of new serum and plasma tumor markers for the early detection of ovarian cancer.

The purpose of the NOCEDPP is to identify those women who are at increased risk for developing ovarian cancer and to develop new tests, unique to the ovaries, to help detect ovarian cancer at an early, treatable stage. The hallmark of the program is the coordinated, multidisciplinary services provided during each comprehensive clinic visit.

The NOCEDPP, along with sections of Gynecologic Oncology, Hematology/Oncology, Surgical Oncology, and the Cancer Genetics Program have joined forces with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Lurie's Cancer Center provides a full range of oncology services and access to specialized research, clinical trials and diagnostic services.

Eligibility

Women who are age 18 and older are eligible to participate in the program if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have one or more first degree relatives (mother, sister, daughter) with ovarian, primary peritoneal or fallopian tube cancer
  • Have two or more second-degree relatives with either ovarian, primary peritoneal, fallopian tube, colon, uterine and/or pancreatic cancer
  • Have a personal history of or first degree relative with a BRCA1, BRCA2 or Lynch syndrome gene mutation
  • Have an increased risk of ovarian cancer as deemed by a certified genetic counselor

Treatments and procedures

Our specialists offer a comprehensive array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and consultation including:
  • Breast exams
  • Genetic counseling
  • Pelvic/abdominal ultrasounds
  • CA-125 blood work

Related costs

Your examination, genetic counseling visit, ultrasound and blood test will be billed to you and/or your insurance provider. We encourage you to check with your insurance provider regarding coverage for these services, as you will be responsible for any costs not covered. 

Cancer care centers

Battling cancer is a multistep journey that may require many visits. During treatment, you need to devote your energy to getting healthy, not getting to the next appointment. That’s why treatment and support services at Northwestern Medicine are conveniently located throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, so you can get quick access to all the expertise and support you need, close to home.

Find location and contact information for our cancer treatment centers below.


Related Resources

Cancer Support Services and Resources: A guide for patients of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.