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A Checklist to Guide Your First Steps:
- Find a gynecologic oncologist to help treat you
- Ask your doctor about enrolling in a clinical trial
- Find support online and in your community
Many studies conducted over the past decade have shown that an ovarian cancer patient’s chance of survival is significantly improved when a gynecologic oncologist performs her surgery. Some studies showed survival rates as much as 50 percent greater, compared to women whose surgeries were done by surgeons less experienced in the techniques used to treat ovarian cancer. To find a gynecologic oncologist in your area:
- Ask your primary care doctor or gynecologist for a referral
- Visit the Foundation for Women’s Cancer website to search for a gynecologic oncologist near you
- Call the nearest hospital or community-based cancer center
- If you have access to an NCI-designated cancer center, go there. An NCI-designated cancer center can make a difference.
- Visit the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Patient Resource page to view the NCCN Guidelines for Patients with Ovarian Cancer to help guide you to get the best ovarian cancer treatment.
- Get a second opinion if needed: Even doctors sometimes feel they need to get a second opinion on the results of the pathology report after surgery. So you should feel you have the right to get a second opinion, if you want one.
- Here are some recommended questions to ask your doctor about ovarian cancer, surgery and treatment.
Clinical trials are available for women in every stage of treatment—before, during and after. Our website can guide you through some of the common questions about clinical trials. If you want to look for a clinical trial, we offer a free matching service for women with ovarian cancer or you can search for information from the National Institutes of Health.
Our online community will connect you to more than 46,000 people who have been touched by ovarian cancer. You can also search our list of Community Partner groups throughout the world, many of whom offer in-person support.
Get as much information as you need but not too much: For some women, reading all the books, websites and even scientific literature about ovarian cancer gives them a sense of empowerment about their disease and helps them cope. But other women don’t necessarily want to know so much, or are overwhelmed by the complexity of medical information. Know your limits and accept them. If you aren’t comfortable reading medical information, you might want to ask a friend or loved one to do research for you.
Finally, remember to call or email us if you need assistance.