If I Have Been Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, What Questions Should I Ask My Doctor?

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First of all you'd want to see a gynecologic oncologist. So many people are diagnosed by their gynecologist which is actually not the doctor that you would want to see eventually, you'd want a gynecologic oncologist that was a surgeon and they could do the surgery for you. So you obviously want to know what your surgery would look like, what your recovery would be, what your treatment course would be beyond that and then you'd want to follow the disease, because of the high rate of recurrence, you'd want to probably ask questions about what will that look like.

Will you be checking my CA 125, what's a good number to have? What's a bad number? And then in terms of recurrence, if it does recur, you'd obviously want to go in as soon as any indicator started to show that you might have had a recurrence. And a lot of women are just worried that they won't be able to return to a normal life, after they've had the surgery, after they've had chemotherapy, and those are the kinds of questions you'd want to talk about with a doctor.

[UNKNOWN] have actually developed a program also called woman to woman, and it's a program that we're basically giving to the hospitals to help them develop support programs within the gynacologic oncology department, and it pairs women who are post treatment, two years post treatment that are better, and living their lives, it pairs them as volunteers with women who are currently undergoing treatment.

Because women tend to have so many questions, and it's really hard despite having a doctor and a supportive partner to be able to ask those people, you know, what can I expect from chemotherapy? How am I going to feel, when am I going to feel better? So we've started this program which has had a really high success rate in terms of pairing people and letting them just talk to each other because a support program can be really helpful as well.