Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Getting a Second Opinion on Ovarian Cancer TreatmentBefore treating ovarian cancer, you might want a second opinion about your diagnosis and treatment plan. Many insurance companies cover a second opinion if you or your doctor requests it. It may take some time and effort to gather medical records and arrange to see another doctor. You may have to gather your biopsy slides, pathology reports, and proposed treatment plan. Usually, it is not a problem to take several weeks to get a second opinion. In most cases, the delay in starting ovarian cancer treatment will not make treatment less effective. To make sure, however, you should discuss this delay with your doctor. Some women with ovarian cancer need medical attention right away.
- Surgery (see Ovarian Cancer Surgery)
- Radiation therapy (see Ovarian Cancer Radiation)
- Chemotherapy (see Ovarian Cancer Chemotherapy).
Many women receive more than one type of treatment. Some of these treatments are considered primary, where the purpose is to remove the tumor. Others are considered adjuvant therapy, which is treatment to kill any tumor cells that may have spread and to increase the chances for an ovarian cancer cure.
Your doctor can describe your ovarian cancer treatment choices and the expected results of each. You might want to know how treatment may change your normal activities. You may want to know how you will look during and after. It's important to ask all the questions you can think of.
(Click Ovarian Cancer Treatment by Stage for more information on specific treatments for each stage of ovarian cancer.)