Lifestyle Changes to Manage Ovarian Cancer
You may need to make lifestyle changes to help you manage cancer treatment and cope with issues concerning sexuality and reproduction.
Managing Cancer Treatment
Depending on the spread of your disease, you may need simple or extensive surgery, and/or one or a few cycles of
In particular, chemotherapy may make it necessary to adapt your diet to maintain your nutrition. If you have particular trouble with nausea and vomiting, you may require nutritional supplementation. Also, if you develop
Many of the treatments of ovarian cancer can destroy your
Managing Sexual Activity
Your sexual function may be temporarily upset by your treatment. You may experience pain or loss of sexual function. You may be fearful or anxious about your first sexual experience after cancer treatment, which may cause you or your partner to avoid intimacy and sexual activity. Your partner may also feel anxious about initiating any activity that might be thought of as pressuring to be intimate or that might cause physical discomfort. You and your partner should discuss concerns with your doctor. Honest communication of feelings, concerns, and preferences is important. With
When to Contact Your Doctor
Contact your doctor if:
- You have concerns about treatment options and fertility
- Sexual function continues to be a problem after treatment
- You are having difficulty coping with your treatment
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