If Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, What Should My Family Know?

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[BLANK_AUDIO] I think the first thing would be just to let them know that they need to be there for the person going through, the patient going through that. They need to be there in anyway they can, it's often what we've been told us it's terrifying obviously for everyone. It's terrifying for everyone involved, but it's especially terrifying for the patient, and the partner I think sometimes tries to serve the purpose of being able to answer all the questions, and that's impossible.

So, it's really just being able to be there, be present and be helpful as they can. In terms of helping the woman when she comes home from the hospital there will be care needed. So, it would be exploring all your options knowing if you're going to need someone in the home to help you care.

During those first few weeks post surgery, or if you need to may be have support group of your own, and there are support groups for partners. So, it's really encouraging people to reach out, encouraging them to talk to the doctor, having them attend appointments with the patient so that often times it's very hard to hear as a patient when someone is speaking and telling you things that are terrifying, it's often hard to hear that.

So, that's something we also encourage partners to do.