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Part 9: Treatment plans
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Ovarian cancer
Version 1.2013
Cancer can be very stressful. While absorbing the fact
that you have cancer, you must also learn about tests
and treatments. And, the time to accept a treatment plan
may feel short. Parts 1 through 8 aimed to teach you
about ovarian cancer, its treatment, and other challenges.
Part 9 addresses issues related to your ovarian cancer
treatment plan.
Benefits of a treatment plan
Learning you have cancer starts an unplanned journey
to an unknown place. A treatment plan is like having a
roadmap for your journey. It is a written course of action
through treatment and beyond. It can help you, your
loved ones, and your treatment team. A treatment plan
is useful for:
• Starting and guiding talks about treatment,
• Teaching what the treatment choices are,
• Informing everyone of the decisions made,
• Reminding everyone of the decisions made,
• Pinpointing who is in charge of each part of care,
• Controlling stress,
• Knowing what to expect,
• Changing from one doctor to another,
• Improving contact among your doctors, and
• Providing care for all issues.
Parts of a treatment plan
A treatment plan addresses all cancer care needs while
respecting your beliefs, wishes, and values. It is likely
to change and expand as you go through treatment.
The plan will include the role of your doctors and how
you can help yourself. A treatment plan often has the
following parts:
Cancer information
Cancer can greatly differ even when people have a tumor
in the same organ. Test results that describe the cancer
are reported in the treatment plan. Such test results
include the cancer site, cell type, and cancer stage. See
Part 2 and Part 3 for the tests used for ovarian cancer.
Your treatment team
Cancer care is a team effort. Who is on your
team depends on the treatments you choose. It is
recommended that a gynecologic oncologist is part of
your treatment team. A gynecologic oncologist is a doctor
who is an expert in treating cancers that start in the
female reproductive organs. If possible, a gynecologic
oncologist should perform the initial surgery for ovarian
cancer. Medical oncologists treat cancer with drugs
such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormone
therapy. Your primary care doctor can also be part of
your team. He or she can help you express your feelings
about treatment to the team. Treatment of other medical
problems may be improved if he or she is informed of
your cancer care. Besides doctors, you may receive care
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