There are 4 stages of ovarian cancer. In stage I the cancer is confined to one or both ovaries. In stage II it has spread outside of the ovaries to the uterus or fallopian tubes. In Stage III the cancer has spread outside of the pelvic area but still within the abdomen. Stage IV means the cancer has started to spread throughout the body.
Ask your doctor plenty of questions. If you have just received a cancer diagnosis, make sure to get as much basic information as you can. Find out the type, if it can be treated, what the treatment would be, and if the cancer is spreading. The more you know the better chance you will have.
Do not isolate yourself from friends and family if you are diagnosed with cancer. Sometimes, people will become depressed and close up if they find out they have cancer. The emotional support from others will give you strength and a renewed energy to fight. You may be able to get useful advice from others who have experienced cancer as well.
Eating a balanced diet is a solid cancer-fighting tool to keep in your arsenal. Especially with colon cancer, diets that are high in fat and cholesterol have a direct correlation to cancer, so maintain balance in your diet to fight against this. High-fiber diets aid in the fight against cancer.
If you are a cancer survivor, make sure that you have information about your previous cancer treatments. Unfortunately, cancer comes back with a vengeance sometimes, so keep your records about what surgeries and what types of chemotherapy and radiation therapy you have undergone. This information will help you better communicate with doctors.
Always consider that a doctor you like, might not be the right doctor to help you beat your cancer. Sometimes, you have to go the extra mile and seek out a specialist in the field with more expertise than your current oncologist may have. It’s all about getting better and experts can help make this happen.
It is important that you take charge over your body and lifestyle after you have beaten cancer. Whether you’ve lost a lot of weight and/or muscle or even if you gained a lot after the treatment was over, you need to get busy eating right and exercising well in order to take charge of your life and body.
The life you had before cancer may seem like a distant memory as the battle wages on, but always cling to your past to remind yourself of what you have to look forward to in the future. Keep old pictures and old videos around to remind yourself that cancer is not all there is in life for you. A positive view of the future is good for for your health.
Stage I is the best case scenario. The cancer is still confined to the ovaries, making surgery alone a more successful option. When it goes into stage II, a hysterectomy is often necessary to make sure all of the cancer was removed. Stages III and IV are more likely to require chemotherapy.