Follow-Up Care

After treatment, women need regular checkups. Checkups include a pelvic exam, a CA-125 test, other blood tests, and imaging exams to determine if cancer has returned. Some of the side effects of the surgery and chemotherapy can last for several months after the treatment and need additional attention. Women are encouraged to contact their doctor, if they experience any health problems between checkups.

Often the hardest part of treatment for a woman with ovarian cancer is when chemotherapy is finished and she goes on with life. When she had surgery and chemotherapy she was in battle mode, fighting the cancer and taking active steps in her treatment. But the uncertainty about whether the cancer will return and concerns that every little sign or symptom may indicate a recurrence can be very anxiety-producing for many women. Support from family and friends is critical at this time.

The National Cancer Institute provides information about facing life after treatment of cancer.

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