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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Ovarian Cancer, Version 1.2017

How to use this book

Who should read this book?

This book is about treatment for epithelial ovarian

cancer—the most common type of ovarian cancer.

It also discusses treatment for other less common

types of ovarian cancer like borderline epithelial

ovarian cancer. Options are also briefly presented in

this book for benign (not cancer) tumors of the ovary.

Patients and those who support them—caregivers,

family, and friends—may find this book helpful. It may

help you talk with your treatment team, understand

what doctors say, and prepare for treatment.

Are the book chapters in a

certain order?

Early chapters introduce you to the diagnosis and

testing for ovarian cancer. Thus, it is helpful to start


Part 1

of the book. This first chapter discusses

how this cancer grows and how it may affect the

female body. Tests that help doctors plan treatment

are described in

Part 2

. It is important to know the

stage of the cancer. Your treatment plan will be partly

based on the cancer stage. You can learn more

about cancer staging in

Part 3


An overview of treatments for ovarian cancer is

presented in

Part 4

. Knowing what a treatment is will

help you understand your options. Treatment options

are presented in

Parts 5 and 6

. Tips for talking

with your doctor and helpful online resources are

addressed in

Part 7


Does this book include all


This book includes information for many people.

Your treatment team can point out what applies to

you. They can also give you more information. While

reading, make a list of questions to ask your doctors.

The treatment options are based on science and

the experience of NCCN experts. However, their

recommendations may not be right for you. Your

doctors may suggest other options based on your

health and other factors. If other options are given,

ask your treatment team questions.

Help! What do the words


In this book, many medical words are included.

These are words that your treatment team may say

to you. Most of these words may be new to you. It

may be a lot to learn.

Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading and

review the information. Ask your treatment team to

explain a word or phrase that you do not understand.

Words that you may not know are defined in the text

or in the


. Acronyms are also defined when

first used and in the


. Acronyms are short

words formed from the first letters of several words.

One example is DNA for