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Staying Well Following An Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

Staying Well

Ovarian Cancer Australia has developed information on staying well following a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, including information on exercise and nutrition, sexuality and intimacy and emotional wellbeing. 

Staying well

Eating Well and Staying Active

Eating a variety of healthy foods and staying active can help maximise your physical and overall wellbeing before, during and after your cancer treatment and may help to increase your quality of life.

Emotional Wellbeing And Ovarian Cancer

Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer can result in a broad range of emotions. This can include shock, anger, panic, and numbness, and these feelings can fluctuate throughout your cancer journey and be impacted by the phase of treatment, your physical health, coping with side effects of chemo, and how you have coped in the past with challenges.

Life After Ovarian Cancer Treatment

The period of time after treatment has finished is sometimes called Life After Cancer.  This term isn’t the only one people use.  Some people like the word Survivorship, others prefer terms such as Life following treatment or Life after treatment.

Intimacy and Sexuality

Ovarian cancer and its treatment can profoundly affect the way you feel about yourself and your body, your sexual desire and your sexual relationship with others, whether or not you have a partner.   

Domestic and family violence when you have cancer

WARNING: This section contains material that is sometimes confronting and disturbing. Sometimes words or images can cause sadness or distress, or trigger traumatic memories for people, particularly survivors of past abuse, violence or childhood trauma.

Fear Of Your Ovarian Cancer Progressing Or Coming Back

Feeling anxious or worried about ovarian cancer spreading further throughout your body (progressing), or coming back after it has been treated (recurrence) is one of the most common worries people have after finishing cancer treatment. 

Returning To Work Or Study

Deciding to return to work will depend on your health, financial situation and personal priorities. In addition to income, work can provide satisfaction and an opportunity to mix with other people. 

Want to talk?

Ovarian Cancer Australia's Helpline is available to call 9am - 5pm AET Monday to Friday 

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Ovarian Cancer Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where our office is located, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.