Why choose us for fallopian tube cancer care?
Fallopian tube cancer is a very rare gynecological cancer that affects the female reproductive system. At Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, you can receive expert care from doctors who specialize in rare fallopian tube tumors.
Fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologists and other cancer specialists work as a team to personalize your care. We offer sophisticated cancer therapies and supportive treatments, such as fertility preservation services.
Fallopian tube cancer is one of several gynecological cancers we treat. Learn more about our gynecologic oncology program.
What you need to know about fallopian tube cancer
- The fallopian tubes sit on each side of the uterus, inside the pelvic area. Their primary reproductive role is transporting eggs (ova) from the ovaries to the uterus (womb).
- Fallopian tube cancer happens when cancer cells begin growing inside the fallopian tube (often where the tube ends close to the ovary).
- Research shows notable advantages when people with fallopian tube cancer seek care from gynecologic oncologists (doctors whose sole focus is treating gynecological cancers). Our highly trained gynecologic surgeons provide research-based fallopian tube cancer care.
- Fallopian tube cancer most commonly affects women after menopause, but it can occur at any age. Women who haven’t had children are at higher risk.
- Certain gene mutations (changes) increase the risk of developing fallopian tube cancer. At our cancer genetics and high-risk screening clinic, you can learn more about your level of risk. We also give personalized guidance on how to protect your health or detect cancer early.
How to talk to your doctor about fallopian tube cancer
Cancer affects every person differently. We offer you support right from the start. Our team will explain your diagnosis in a way you can understand.
We talk through your treatment options and listen to your care preferences. We make sure to answer all your questions or concerns, including how cancer treatment could affect your reproductive health.
You might want to ask your doctor about:
- Additional testing you might need and how test results guide your treatment plan
- Cancer stage, including where cancer originated and whether it has spread to other organs
- Treatment options, including oncofertility services that help you preserve reproductive options before cancer treatment
- Clinical trials you may be eligible for, such as targeted therapies
- Support services, including how to connect with members of Purple Heals, our large, active support group of local gynecological cancer survivors
Cancer support comes in many forms. Having a friendly face by your side at appointments may provide comfort when you may feel overwhelmed. We encourage you to involve family members or loved ones in your care, however it feels right for you.
We treat all types of fallopian tube cancers, including:
- Adenocarcinoma develops from glandular cells that make up the lining of fallopian tubes. Adenocarcinoma makes up the majority of fallopian tube cancers.
- Secondary fallopian tube cancer describes cancer that starts in another area of the body and spreads to the fallopian tubes.