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Questions for Your Doctor

  • You need to understand what treatment methods the doctor is recommending and you need to understand everything that will happen to you.
  • You should keep asking questions until you are satisfied.
  • Take a pen and paper with you so you can write things down to go over later.
  • It is helpful to take a friend or family member to the doctor visit.
  • In between visits write down your questions and concerns so that you can bring them up next time you see your doctor.

Some questions you might want to ask:
  • What will surgery entail?
  • Can I still preserve my fertility?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What can I physically do after surgery?
  • Will my diet be restricted?
  • Will I need help and for how long?
  • What type of cancer do I have?
  • Has it spread beyond the ovary?
  • What stage and what cell type is my cancer and what does that mean?
  • What type of treatment would you recommend and why?
  • If I need further treatment after surgery, when will it start and how long will it last?
  • What are the chances my cancer will return?
  • Are there any clinical trials I might consider?
  • What are the potential side effects of treatment and how can they be managed?

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