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Planning Your Treatment

Planning your treatment

Information on planning your treatment including treatment options, questions to ask and seeking a second opinion

Planning your treatment

Treatment for ovarian cancer usually involves a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Less often, treatment may include radiotherapy. The type of treatment women receive depends on the type and stage of their ovarian cancer and their general health.

It is important to know not all women will have the same treatment for their ovarian cancer. Your doctor will work out your treatment based on the stage and grade of your cancer as well as what is best for you.

They will discuss all your treatment options in detail with you. They will discuss the benefits as well as the possible side effects. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – it is important you understand all your options.

Questions to as your Healthcare Team

You may find the following list of questions helpful when thinking about what to ask your doctor about your treatment for ovarian cancer.

Seeking a second opinion

You may wish to ask for a second opinion from another gynaecological oncologist or medical oncologist at any time during your diagnosis or treatment. Getting a second opinion can help to clear up questions and concerns and allows you to choose which doctor you would prefer to manage your treatment. Most cancer specialists are used to their patients asking for a second opinion. They understand the importance of being sure you are getting the best treatment possible for your situation. So don’t be afraid to ask.

Resilience Kit

For up-to-date, evidence based information on all aspects of living with ovarian cancer, and where to find support, download or order a free copy of our Resilience Kit

Acknowledgement flags

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.