100 Questions & Answers About Ovarian Cancer

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-11-08
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
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Whether yours"re a newly diagnosed ovarian cancer patient, a survivor, or a friend or relative of either, this book offers help. Completely updated, The new second edition of 100 Questions & Answers About Ovarian Cancer gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, post-treatment quality of life, sources of support, and much more. Written by a gynecologic oncologist and a gynecologic surgeon, with actual patient commentary, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this frightening disease.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition vii
Preface xi
Introduction xiii
Part 1: The Basics 1(10)
Where are my ovaries? What do they do?
What does it mean to have cancer?
What is a cyst?
Is it related to ovarian cancer?
How do a complex ovarian cyst and a simple cyst differ?
Part 2: Risk Factors, Diagnosis, and Staging of Ovarian Cancer 11(20)
What does it mean to have ovarian cancer?
Are there risk factors for ovarian cancer?
Is hormone replacement therapy associated with ovarian cancer?
Part 3: Treatment of Ovarian Cancer 31(38)
How do I decide on where to be treated?
Who's involved in my treatment?
Who should do my surgery?
Part 4: Coping with Treatment-Related Side Effects 69(16)
Should I take special precautions while on chemotherapy?
What kind of diet should I follow while on treatment?
What about after treatment?
Will I be able to tolerate treatment if I am older?
Part 5: Symptom Management 85(6)
How does ovarian cancer cause abdominal pain?
What can I do for constipation?
How do I manage pain?
Part 6: Relapse 91(18)
How can my ovarian cancer come back if my ovaries have already been removed?
What happens if the cancer comes back?
How do you make a diagnosis of recurrence?
Part 7: If Treatment Fails 109(8)
How do I know when it's time to stop treatment?
What is a PEG tube?
Do I need one?
Does intravenous feeding play a role?
Part 8: Prevention, Screening, and Advocacy 117(12)
Can I protect myself from getting ovarian cancer?
Can I get ovarian cancer if I've had my ovaries removed?
Will fertility drugs increase my risk of ovarian cancer?
Appendix 129(20)
Glossary 149(6)
Index 155

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