Ovarian cancer: your doctor checklist
You may find the following list helpful when thinking about the questions you might want to ask about illness and treatment.
- What type of cancer do I have?
- How extensive is my cancer?
- What treatment do you advise for my cancer and why?
- Will my treatment (and surgery) be performed by a doctor who
- specialises in ovarian cancer?
- Are there other treatment choices for me? If not, why not?
- What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
- Will I have to stay in hospital, or will I be an outpatient?
- How long will the treatment take? Will it affect what I can do?
- How will I know if the treatment is working?
- How much will it cost?
- Will I have a lot of pain with the operation? What will be done about this?
- If I need further treatment, what will it be like and when will it begin?
- Will the treatment affect my sexual relationships?
- How frequent will my check-ups be and what will they involve?
- Are there any problems I should watch out for?
- Can you refer me to someone else for a second opinion? (if you feel you want a second opinion)
- Is my cancer hereditary?
- What happens if I don’t have treatment?
- If I choose not to have treatment either now or in the future, what services are available to help me?
- Will I still be able to have children?
- Will I go through menopause?
- How long will I need to take off work?
- Will I be able to drive after treatment?
Last Reviewed: 01 July 2010