NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Ovarian Cancer - page 79

Part 9: Treatment plans
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Ovarian cancer
Version 1.2013
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that kill all cells that grow
rapidly, including normal
cells and cancer cells
The course
and outcome of a disease
Side effect:
An unplanned
physical or emotional
response to treatment
Another part of the planning involves hospice care. Hospice care doesn’t include
treatment to fight the cancer, but rather to reduce symptoms caused by cancer.
Hospice care may be started because you don’t want more cancer treatment, no
other cancer treatment is available, or because you may be too sick for cancer
Hospice care allows you to have the best quality of life possible. Care is given
all day, every day of the week. You can choose to have hospice care at home or
at a hospice center. One study found that patients and caregivers had a better
quality of life when hospice care was started early.
An advance directive describes the treatment you’d want if you weren’t able
to make your wishes known. It also can name a person whom you’d want to
make decisions for you. It is a legal paper that your doctors have to follow. It can
reveal your wishes about life-sustaining machines, such as feeding tubes. It can
also include your treatment wishes if your heart or lungs were to stop working.
If you already have an advance directive, it may need to be updated to be
legally valid.
Getting a 2nd opinion
The time around a cancer diagnosis can be very stressful. People with cancer
often want to start treatment as soon as possible. They want to make the cancer
go away before it spreads any further. While cancer can’t be ignored, there is
time to think about and choose which treatment plan is best for you.
You may wish to have another doctor review your test results and the treatment
plan your doctor has recommended. This is called getting a 2nd opinion.
Ovarian cancer is a serious disease, and new information may have been
published about which treatments are most effective and safe. You may
completely trust your doctor, but a 2nd opinion on which treatment is right
for you can help.
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