At Your Appointment

Ovarian Cancer Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor's appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • Have you been previously diagnosed with any other type of cancer?
  • What other health conditions do you have? How are you treating and managing them?
  • Have you ever been tested for BRCA genes or worked with a genetic counselor?
  • Are you having any pain or other symptoms?
  • When was your last CA-125 test?
  • Are you having any pain or other symptoms?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you having abdominal bloating, pelvic discomfort, weight loss, frequent urination, or changes in bowel habits?
  • When did you first notice your symptoms and how long have you had them?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go? What makes your symptoms better or worse?
  • What kind of emotional and social support do you have to help you cope with ovarian cancer?
  • When was your last pelvic exam?
  • Do you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer? What other cancers are in your family?
  • What is a CA-125 test and what does it tell you about ovarian cancer?
  • What tests do I need to find out if the cancer has spread?
  • What stage is my cancer? How aggressive is it likely to be?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend for me? And why?
  • What are the possible side effects of the treatment you are recommending? Are any of them permanent? Are there other options if side effects become troublesome?
  • What is my prognosis?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have ovarian cancer?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition or noncancerous tumor?
  • What tests do I need to find out whether it is cancer or not?
  • How is ovarian cancer diagnosed and how long will it take to get the results of the diagnostic tests?
  • How do you treat ovarian cancer?
  • What can I do to lower my risk of ovarian cancer?
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Last Review Date: 2020 Oct 19
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  1. Ovarian Cancer. American Cancer Society. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovarian-cancer.html
  2. Ovarian Cancer. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20375941