Questions for your doctor

Below are some questions about ovarian cancer to ask your doctor to learn more about the disease, and your care and treatment options. If your doctor gives you answers that you don’t understand, ask for clarification.

  • What type of ovarian cancer do I have?
  • Has the cancer spread? What stage is it?
  • What treatment do you recommend and why?
  • Do I have more than one treatment option? If not, why not?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
  • Are the side effects temporary or permanent? How can any side effects be managed?
  • How long will treatment take? Will I have to stay in hospital?
  • How will the treatment affect my sex life and fertility?
  • What are my fertility options?
  • What sort of genetic testing can I have?
  • Am I entitled to receive genetic counselling?
  • Are the latest tests and treatments for ovarian cancer available in this hospital?
  • If I have to travel for treatment, is there any government funding available to help with the cost?
  • Are there any clinical trials or research studies I could join?
  • How frequently will I need check-ups after treatment
  • Who should I go to for my follow-up appointments?
  • Are there any complementary therapies that might help me?
  • Should I change my diet during or after treatment?
  • Should I exercise? When should I start? How much should I do?
  • If the cancer comes back, how will I know?
  • What are my treatment options if the cancer comes back?

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