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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.
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- Antinausea medicine: This medicine may be given to calm your stomach and prevent vomiting.
- Diuretics: This medicine is given to decrease edema (excess fluid) that collects in a part of your body, such as your legs. Diuretics can also remove excess fluid from around your heart or lungs and decrease your blood pressure. It is often called water pills. You may urinate more often when you take this medicine.
- Pain medicine may be given. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you ask for more medicine.
- Blood tests may be used to measure your CA-125 level or to check your overall health.
- An ultrasound or CT may show the location of the tumor. You may be given contrast liquid to help healthcare providers see your ovaries better. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid.
Ovarian cancer is treated depending on the size of the tumor and stage of the cancer. You may need more than one of the following:
- Surgery may be needed to remove one or both of your ovaries.
- Chemotherapy medicines are used to kill cancer cells.
- Radiation is used to kill cancer cells and to shrink the tumor or tumors with x-rays or gamma rays.
You may get a blood clot in your arm or leg. The clot may travel to your heart or brain and cause life-threatening problems, such as a heart attack or stroke. Even with treatment, your cancer may spread or return.
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