10 Questions to ask your doctor about ovarian cancer

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – With ovarian cancer being the most lethal gynecologic cancer, it’s important for women to stay informed. September is ovarian cancer awareness month. Ovarian cancer patients have, on average, a five year survival rate of 45%. “Ovarian cancers” include ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, and primary peritoneal cancer (PPC).

After scouring webmd.com, cancer.net, and cancer.org here are 10 important questions to ask your doctor if you get diagnosed with ovarian cancer:

  1. What type of ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or peritoneal cancer do I have?
  2. Where did this cancer start?
  3. Has my ovarian cancer spread?
  4. What are the cell type, microscopic grade, and stage of my cancer? What does that mean?
  5. What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
  6. What are the chances my cancer will come back with the treatments we have discussed?
  7. What risks or side effects should I expect?
  8. Should I follow a certain diet?
  9. What do I tell my children, husband, parents, and other family members?
  10. Do I have to have both of my ovaries removed?

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