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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Ovarian cancer may occur in one or both of the ovaries. Ovaries produce eggs and hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are important in helping the body work correctly.
Call 911 for any of the following:
- 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 cough up blood.
Seek care immediately if:
- You vomit multiple times and cannot keep any food or liquids down.
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.
- Antinausea medicine: This medicine may be given to calm your stomach and prevent vomiting.
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. 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.
Do not smoke:
Nicotine can damage blood vessels and make it more difficult to manage your ovarian cancer. Smoking also increases your risk for new or returning cancer and delays healing after treatment. Do not use e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco in place of cigarettes or to help you quit. They still contain nicotine. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you currently smoke and need help quitting.
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.
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.
Limit or do not drink alcohol as directed:
Limit alcohol to 1 drink per day. A drink of alcohol is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1½ ounces of liquor.
Exercise as directed:
Ask about the best exercise plan for you. Exercise may improve your energy levels and appetite.
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