Learn general information, including risk factors and symptoms, and what to do if your doctor suspects you or your loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. SGO has a useful toolkit for ovarian cancer survivors, as well as a video and companion PDF booklet as a patient resource. Additional information on ovarian cancer is available on the SGO genetics page.
Going to your Gynecologic Oncologist
If you or your doctor is concerned that you may have ovarian cancer, it is critical that you ask to consult with a gynecologic oncologist.
What information should you bring to your first appointment?
What tests might your gynecologic oncologist perform to determine treatment?
What are the stages of ovarian cancer?
What are the treatment options?
What happens after treatment?
This document, developed as an aide to patients, summarizes current scientific data and expert opinions pertaining to ovarian cancer. The presented information does not prescribe an exclusive course of treatment and is not exclusionary of other acceptable methods of management including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Treatment modifications typically take into account individual risks and needs as well as resources at particular institutions or regions throughout the world.
Photo courtesy of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio