NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Ovarian Cancer - page 77

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Part 9: Treatment plans
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Ovarian cancer
Version 1.2013
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Definitions:
Cancer stage:
The rating
of the growth and spread
of cancer
Clinical trial:
Research
on a test or treatment to
assess its safety or how
well it works
Reproductive organs:
Organs that help make
babies, such as the
ovaries, Fallopian tubes,
and uterus
Side effect:
An unplanned
physical or emotional
response to treatment
Treatment response:
Outcome or improvement
related to treatment
Tumor:
An overgrowth of
cells
from nurses, social workers, and other health experts. Ask to have the names
and contact information of your health providers included in the treatment plan.
Cancer treatment
There is no single treatment practice that is best for all patients. There is often
more than one treatment option, including clinical trials. Treatment planning
takes into account many factors, such as:
• The cancer stage and grade,
• Location of the tumor,
• Your general health,
• Treatment side effects,
• Costs of treatment,
• Changes to your life,
• What you want from treatment, and
• Your feelings about side effects.
The cancer treatment that you agree to have should be reported in the
treatment plan. It is also important to note the goal of treatment and the chance
of a good treatment response. In addition, all known side effects should be listed
and the time required to treat them should be noted.
Your treatment plan may change because of new information. You may change
your mind about treatment. Tests may find new results. How well the treatment is
working may change. Any of these changes may require a new treatment plan.
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