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Ann's Clinic

If you are at high risk for ovarian cancer, or suspect your own ovarian cancer is hereditary, Ann's Clinic at the UCI Health Ovarian Cancer Center can help you.

Ann's Clinic, the first program of its kind in Orange County, is dedicated to the screening and care of women who are at high risk for developing ovarian cancer and other gynecologic malignancies. Our goal is to optimize women's chances for surviving such cancers.

Women who have a family history of ovarian and other cancers may have a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer. Our genetic counselor works with you to assess your individual risk. This helps our physician specialists develop a care plan based on your unique needs.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us today at 714-456-8000.

Ann's Clinic is offered in collaboration with the Queen of Hearts Foundation, a Newport Beach-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer.

The clinic is named after Ann S. Dobbie, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in summer 1999. She passed away that Christmas. In her memory, Ann's daughters founded the Queen of Hearts Foundation to help other women survive ovarian cancer.

Ann's Clinic is central to UCI Health Ovarian Cancer Center's efforts to promote early detection, survivorship and prevention of ovarian cancer, the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers.

In addition to supporting Ann's Clinic, the Queen of Hearts Foundation also supports ovarian cancer research and community outreach activities.

At Ann's Clinic, we offer a variety of screening and prevention strategies for women who are at moderate to high risk of developing ovarian cancer, including:

  • Assessment of ovarian cancer risk
  • Ovarian cancer screening
  • Ovarian cancer survivorship
  • Serial blood testing and pelvic ultrasound
  • Risk-reducing strategies, including chemoprevention with oral contraceptives and minimally invasive ovary removal
  • Fertility preservation consultation

If you are not at high risk for ovarian cancer, you may choose to enroll in screening trials at the Ovarian Cancer Center. If cancer does develop, it may be caught early, increasing your chances of a cure.

Other services and treatments

Other services offered and conditions treated include:

  • Bone health management
  • Comprehensive management of menopause
  • Diagnosis and treatment of premature menopause
  • Managing tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitor side effects
  • Non-hormonal management of hot flashes
  • Sexual function and intimacy concerns

Ann's Clinic at the UCI Health Ovarian Cancer Center is led by Michael L. Krychman, MDCM, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist.

Krychman, a professor in the UCI School of Medicine's Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, is a nationally known specialist in cancer survivorship medicine.

He also is executive director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine in Newport Beach and a trained clinical sexologist with a master's degree in Public Health and Human Sexuality.

Krychman's clinical interests include menopausal health, hormone therapy, sexual pain disorders, loss of libido, chronic medical illness and its impact on female sexual function, as well as breast cancer and sexuality. A well-known speaker and author, he has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been featured in many scientific journals and general interest magazines.

Gynecologic oncology team

The Ovarian Cancer Center's gynecologic oncology team works collaboratively to provide you with individualized care that meets your unique needs. Our physicians include:

Ann's Clinic patients also have access to the specialists at the UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, including geneticists, surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists.

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