Ovarian Cancer Screening and Treatment

Lynne Cohen Foundation & Caring Together Project for Women with Increased Risk for Cancer

Schedule an Appointment:
212-731-5452 (Perlmutter Cancer Center)
212-263-3198 (Bellevue Hospital)

Are you at risk for ovarian cancer?

You are considered to be at high risk for ovarian cancer if you:

  • have a personal or family history of ovarian cancer
  • have genetic mutations that predispose you to ovarian cancer
  • have used fertility drugs for more than one year

Through the Lynne Cohen preventive care programs, NYU's medical oncologists and staff work with you to help you gain a clear understanding of your ovarian cancer risk factors, how your risk of developing ovarian cancer evolves as your life changes, and what you can do to manage your risk for ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Screening and Treatment at Perlmutter Cancer Center and Bellevue Hospital

The Lynne Cohen Screening and Prevention Clinics offer services for New York City women of all financial backgrounds who are at increased risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

The Perlmutter Cancer Center clinic offers services to women who have insurance or ability to pay in full. The Bellevue Hospital clinic offers services to women who do not have insurance.

Each woman receives:

  • a thorough physical examination and review of medical history by a medical oncologist
  • routine and advanced screening examinations
  • education materials for risk reduction, genetic testing, preventive measures, and lifestyle choices
  • access to clinical trials, from studies that profile cells to those that track effects of lifestyle modifications and chemoprevention regimens
  • consultations with radiologists, surgical oncologists, gynecological oncologists, psychiatrists, pathologists, genetic counselors, social workers, nutritionists, and nurse practitioners

Risk Assessment Services

Women at high risk for breast cancer receive an individualized therapeutic approach tailored by NYU doctors to help minimize and manage their risk.

Breast cancer risk management includes:

  • Diet and lifestyle modifications
  • Psychological counseling
  • Preventive medical therapies (e.g, tamoxifen or access to clinical trial protocols as appropriate)
  • Risk-reducing surgery (e.g., removal of ovaries, prophylactic mastectomies with reconstruction)
  • Intensive surveillance which may consist of clinical breast exams, mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRIs as warranted
  • Surveillance for associated cancer risk (ovarian, colon, prostate, uterine, pancreatic and other gastrointestinal cancers, thyroid, and melanoma)