Ovarian Cancer

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Ovarian cancer may occur in one or both of the ovaries. The ovaries are a pair of small, almond-sized organs in the lower abdomen. Ovaries produce eggs and hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are important in helping the body work correctly.


AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Antinausea medicine: This medicine may be given to calm your stomach and prevent vomiting.

  • Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your oncologist as directed:

You may need to return for more treatment. You may also need blood tests or other tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Manage your symptoms:

  • Weigh yourself daily: Weigh yourself in the morning, before breakfast. Weight gain can be a sign of extra fluid in your body. Call your oncologist if you gain at least 2 pounds in a day.

  • Rest as needed: Return to your regular activities slowly and do more as you feel stronger. Tell your oncologist if you are not able to sleep.

  • Drink liquids as directed: Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Drink extra liquids to prevent dehydration. You will also need to replace fluid if you are vomiting or have diarrhea from cancer treatments.

  • Eat enough protein and calories: Foods may taste different during cancer treatment. You may not feel like eating, and you may lose weight. Eat a variety of health foods. Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Eat small meals every 2 to 3 hours. Ask a dietitian for more information about the best eating plan for you.

  • Exercise: Ask about the best exercise plan for you. Exercise may improve your energy levels and appetite.

For support and more information:

  • American Cancer Society
    250 Williams Street
    Atlanta , GA 30303
    Phone: 1- 800 - 227-2345
    Web Address: http://www.cancer.org
  • National Cancer Institute
    6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 300
    Bethesda , MD 20892-8322
    Phone: 1- 800 - 422-6237
    Web Address: http://www.cancer.gov

Contact your oncologist if:

  • You have a fever.

  • Your pain is worse or does not go away after you take your pain medicine.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You vomit multiple times and cannot keep any food or liquids down.

  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.

  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.

  • You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough. You may cough up blood.

© 2014 Truven Health Analytics Inc. Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes. All illustrations and images included in CareNotes® are the copyrighted property of A.D.A.M., Inc. or Truven Health Analytics.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

Learn more about Ovarian Cancer (Discharge Care)

Hide
(web5)