Where to Get Help

If you suspect that you may have ovarian cancer or have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you should be seen by a Gynecologic Oncologist. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be under the care of a Gynecologic Oncologist. This physician is specially trained to take care of women with gynecologic cancers, including those with ovarian cancer. Most Gynecologic Oncologists perform surgery and also administer chemotherapy. They also provide surveillance once treatment has been completed. Studies show that women who have their surgery performed by a Gynecologic Oncologist live longer than those who do not. We encourage all women to seek the care of a Gynecologic Oncologist if they are concerned about having a gynecologic cancer. It may save your life.

To locate a Gynecologic Oncologist, please use the following link:
www.foundationforwomenscancer.org/find-a-gynecologic-oncologist

Another source for locating a Gynecologic Oncologist is the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. It operates an Information Hotline from which you may receive information about gynecologic cancer specialists. By calling 1-800-444-4441 you can obtain a list of specially trained gynecologic oncologists practicing in your area, a directory of all GCF members practicing in the U.S., plus a free information booklet on what you need to know to maintain your gynecologic health.

Should I Get A Second Opinion?

Getting a second opinion is a commonly-accepted practice, yet many people do not seek a second opinion because they are afraid to offend their current physician or because they just don't have the energy it takes to find and see another doctor. You have nothing to lose by obtaining a second opinion - and everything to gain. If a second opinion confirms your original doctor's diagnosis, you will only feel more comfortable about your treatment decisions. If the new opinion is different, it will inspire you to ask more questions, and allow you and your healthcare team to ultimately make a better-informed decision about your diagnosis and treatment plan.

Questions to Ask the Second Doctor

  • Do you agree with the original diagnosis?
  • What treatment plan would you recommend?
  • Why is your suggestion different from the first doctor's plan
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