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Some questions to ask your doctor about ovarian cancer

As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, you need to have honest, open talks with your doctor. You should feel free to ask any question, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Be sure to add your own questions as you think of them. Nurses, social workers, and other members of your cancer care team may also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • Would you please write down the exact kind of cancer I have?
  • Has the cancer spread beyond my ovaries?
  • What are the cell type, grade, and stage of my cancer and what does that mean?
  • What are my treatment options? What do you recommend? Why?
  • What is the goal of this treatment?
  • What risks or side effects I should expect from the treatment?
  • Will I be able to have children after my treatment?
  • Will I lose my hair?
  • What are the chances my cancer will come back with the treatment we have discussed?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • Should I follow a special diet?
  • What are my chances of survival?
  • What do I tell my children, husband, parents, and other family members?

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Last Medical Review: 08/08/2014
Last Revised: 08/15/2014