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Talking to Your Doctor About Ovarian Cancer
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- How soon will I know the results from the lab?
Can you give me detailed information about:
- Ovarian cancer
- The stage of my cancer
- The grade of my cancer
- Given my family and medical history, how great is my risk?
- Should I have an ultrasound examination to make sure I don't have an early cancer in an ovary?
- Do you recommend the current standard treatment, or would you advise me to look into enrolling in a clinical trial of new treatments?
What are the treatment options, and for each possibility, what can you tell me about:
- The risks
- Possible benefits
- Side effects
- How long should I expect to be in an active phase of treatment?
What limitations should I expect in my usual routine and for how long?
- How much time should I plan on taking off from work?
- Should I look into getting help around the house?
- Will the surgery affect my sex life?
- What are my chances of being completely cured of my cancer?
- Will cancer and/or the treatment affect my ability to have children?
- How long do I have to wait to know how effective my treatment was?
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 12/2015
- Update Date: 10/26/2016