Increasing Receipt of Ovarian Cancer Care from a Gynecologic Oncologist

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Women with ovarian cancer who are treated by gynecologic oncologists have better outcomes. This project was done to help more women with ovarian cancer get the recommended treatment.

CDC conducted a project to learn about the best ways to increase the number of ovarian cancer patients who are treated by a gynecologic oncologist. This project was done to help more women with ovarian cancer get the recommended treatment.

Women with ovarian cancer who are treated by gynecologic oncologists have better outcomes. Three award recipients in CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP), Iowa, Michigan, and Rhode Island, worked on this project.

The purpose of this project was to—

  • Deepen the evidence base for strategies that have promise for increasing gynecologic oncologist treatment for ovarian cancer.
  • Increase receipt of care by a gynecologic oncologist among women with ovarian cancer.
  • Demonstrate how NCCCP award recipients are uniquely positioned in the local community to implement environmental and health system change strategies that support best practices in ovarian cancer care.

Each site selected promising strategies for this project based on feasibility of implementation and the needs of its local population.

Strategic Approaches Implemented by Demonstration Site

This table lists the types of strategic approaches and whether they were implemented by each site.
Approach Iowa Michigan Rhode Island
Increasing knowledge and awareness of the role and importance of gynecologic oncologists
Provider education Yes Yes Yes
Patient education Yes Yes No
General public education Yes Yes Yes
Partnerships No No Yes
Improving models of care
Referral systems Yes No No
Patient navigation No Yes No
Expanding or enhancing the gynecologic oncologist workforce
Use of survivors in teaching students No No Yes
Project Resources

CDC has developed several resources from this project to help comprehensive cancer control planners use similar approaches to help women with ovarian cancer in their population.

Page last reviewed: September 22, 2021