Dr. Singh recommends the type of specialist a woman should see if she thinks she has ovarian cancer and explains if ovarian cancer is curable.
So if somebody has an abnormal blood test, a pelvic mass, something on a CAT scan, an ultrasound or exam that’s leading someone to say, “You could have ovarian cancer,” you should see a gynecologic oncologist. Your surgery should not take place if there’s not a gynecologic oncologist available to do the right surgery if cancer is found.
Absolutely. For me, one of the hardest things about it is women ignore symptoms of their body that they think could be cancer-related because they think once they have ovarian cancer or any kind of cancer that there is nothing they can do.
Absolutely there are things that we can do to cure it, get rid of it forever, put it in permission, make it go away for a long time, minimize the symptoms related to it. There’s things that we can do, so no one should ever think they should ignore any symptom their body is giving them because it means something that’s bad enough that there’s nothing we can do.
About Dr. Diljeet K. Singh, M.D., Dr.P.H.:
Dr. Diljeet K. Singh, M.D., Dr.P.H., is a gynecologic oncologist and is Co-Director of the Northwestern Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program. She is part of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Singh attended medical school at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She completed her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and her fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Singh specializes in gynecologic, cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.