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Foreword Introduction Part 1. The Basics Questions 1-7 cover the background topics in ovarian cancer, including: * Where are my ovaries? What do they do? * What does it mean to have cancer? * What is a cyst? Is it related to ovarian cancer? How do a complex ovarian cyst and a simple cyst differ? Part 2. Risk Factors, Diagnosis, and Staging Questions 8-19 discuss the risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer and detail how it is diagnosed and staged: * What does it mean to have ovarian cancer? * Are there risk factors for ovarian cancer? * What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer? * How is cancer diagnosed? Part 3. Treatment of Ovarian Cancer Questions 20-47 discuss your options for getting ovarian cancer treatment, including: * How do I decide on where to get treated? * Must the surgeon remove both ovaries if I am diagnosed with ovarian cancer? * When can I consider myself cured? Part 4. Coping with Treatment and Side Effects Questions 48-64 discuss day-to-day challenges faced by ovarian cancer patients, such as: * Will I feel terrible during treatment? * What side effects can I expect from chemotherapy? * Is depression common after treatment? Part 5. Relapse Questions 65-82 discuss the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer, including: * If my ovaries have been removed, how can the cancer come back? * What happens if the cancer comes back? * If the cancer comes back, can I still be cured? Part 6. If Treatment Fails Questions 83-89 discuss options for patients if treatments fail: * Does intravenous feeding play a role? * What is hospice? * What are the end-stages of ovarian cancer like? Part 7. Prevention, Screening, and Advocacy Questions 90-99 deal with life after cancer diagnosis: * Can I protect myself from getting ovarian cancer? * Can ovarian cancer be inherited? * Is there any way to screen for ovarian cancer? Appendix The appendix is a list of web sites, organizations, and literature to help bone marrow transplant patients and their families find additional resources on general and specific topics related to ovarian cancer. Glossary Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Ovaries Cancer Popular works