Don’t be afraid to ask questions

After speaking with your doctor about your diagnosis of ovarian cancer, you may have a few things that you’re still not sure about.

It is important to clarify anything that’s still worrying you so book another appointment to ask any questions.

You are not a medical professional and can’t be expected to understand complicated medical terminology. If you don’t understand, ask your doctor to explain what’s happening in a different way or repeat your question if you found the answer you received didn’t really help. 

It is a good idea to be prepared for your next visit. You may like to take someone with you as another pair of ears so you can compare notes. It may also help to take a pen and paper to write down key information and answers to your questions.

Here are some example questions that you might like to ask:

  • What sort of ovarian cancer do I have?
  • What stage is my cancer at?
  • Which treatment do you propose I have (and why)?
  • How successful has this treatment been in the past?
  • I am having surgery, who will do the operation, and how many similar operations have they done?
  • I have had an operation, how much of the growth were you able to remove?
  • What support is available for me and my family in coping with my illness?