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
Early chapters introduce you to the diagnosis and
testing for ovarian cancer. Thus, it is helpful to start
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
. 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
An overview of treatments for ovarian cancer is
. 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
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