NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Ovarian Cancer - page 71

Part 8: Beyond cancer treatment
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Ovarian cancer
Version 1.2013
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After treatment, some people dislike their looks because of side effects.
Common concerns are hair loss from chemotherapy and scars from surgery. It
can be difficult to adapt to these changes. You may also be concerned with what
your partner thinks. Partners may stop showing their love because they are
unsure of what to do. They may also think of themselves as more of a caregiver
than a partner during treatment. Sharing what you need and want can help your
partner and yourself.
Taking care of your body
Healthy eating is always important. This includes eating a balanced diet, eating
the right amount of food, and drinking enough fluids. However, you may have
special food needs during and after treatment. A nutritionist—an expert in
creating a healthy diet—can help.
Many patients benefit from some exercise. Exercise tones muscles, lowers
stress, and improves health. Exercise programs differ between people based on
their needs. Talk with your treatment team about which exercises would be best
for you.
Caring for caregivers
No one experiences cancer alone. Having cancer can affect your loved ones,
especially those who provide care. This care can take many forms. It can
range from giving emotional support to giving medical services in the home.
Caregivers often take on extra duties to keep life normal for the family. They
also play a central role in explaining what is happening to you to others, like
friends and doctors.
It is natural for caregivers to focus on you. Don’t feel guilty. However, caregivers
need to meet their own needs as well. Cancer treatment can last from months
to years. Caregivers often get too tired from the physical and mental challenges
related to the cancer. It isn’t easy, but caregivers need to take care of
themselves. If they don’t, they won’t be able to take good care of anyone.
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