Ovarian cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in or near your ovaries. These cells may spread to other areas in the body. The ovaries are the organs that hold and release a woman's eggs.
Treatment usually involves surgery to remove the ovaries. Chemotherapy may also be used. Radiation therapy is rarely used, but in some cases it might be part of treatment. You also may get medicines to help with the side effects of chemotherapy, which may include nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.
Finding out that you have cancer is scary. You may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You can do things at home to make yourself feel better while you go through treatment. You also can call the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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