Below is a list of topics covered in this book, available at the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center at the University of Kentucky.
Part 1: The Basics
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
What does it mean to have ovarian cancer?
What are the risk factors for ovarian cancer?
Is hormone replacement therapy associated with ovarian cancer?
Part 3: Treatment of Ovarian Cancer
How do I decide where to be treated?
Who’s involved in my treatment?
Who should do my surgery?
Part 4: Coping with treatment-related side effects
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
How does ovarian cancer cause abdominal pain?
What can I do for constipation?
How do I manage pain?
Part 6: Relapse
How can my ovarian cancer come back if my ovaries have been removed?
What happens if the cancer comes back?
How do you make a diagnosis of recurrence?
Part 7: If treatment fails
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
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?