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What to ask your doctor about treating ovarian cancer

Women discussing ovarian cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • What can you tell me about the stage of my cancer?
  • What can you tell me about the grade of my cancer?
  • What sort of treatment do I need?
  • What written information can you give me about these treatments?
  • Is there any choice of treatments?
  • Why do I need the treatment you recommend?
  • Should I have any other treatment as well as surgery?
  • Do you specialise in surgery for ovarian cancer?
  • Do you have any information about the outcome of this type of surgery in this hospital, for example length of hospital stay or complication rate?
  • What are the risks and benefits of the treatments?
  • What are the short term side effects of the treatments?
  • What are the long term side effects of the treatments?
  • How can I help to reduce side effects?
  • How often will I have to come to the hospital for treatment?
  • Is there any transport available?
  • Is it possible to have help paying my fares?
  • How long will the course of treatment be?
  • Can I talk to a gynaecology cancer specialist nurse?
  • Could you arrange for me to have a second opinion?
  • Are there any experimental treatments or trials you would recommend for me?
  • Is there a counsellor here I could talk things through with?
  • What happens if I decide not to have treatment?
  • How often will you want to see me after my treatment is finished?
  • What will happen at these follow up appointments?
  • What should I do if I am worried between appointments?
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Updated: 27 April 2016