What Are the Treatment Options for Ovarian Cancer?

Posted by JTB Law Group, LLC on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

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The most frequently asked question about ovarian cancer (or any form of cancer for that matter) is whether the disease is curable. Oncologists prefer to use the word “treatable” when talking about recovering from ovarian cancer. The reason for that is because the world is still in search of a definitive cure for cancer. Till that cure is discovered, healthcare professionals have to rely on the various treatment options that are currently at their disposal.

Usual Approaches to Treatment
Once the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, epithelial or other, is complete, the team of oncologists will recommend one or more treatment options to the patient depending on the severity of the condition. The following are some of the main approaches taken to treat ovarian cancer:

a) Surgical Removal of Tumors

b) Hormone Therapy

c) Chemotherapy

d) Targeted Therapy

e) Radiation Therapy

f) Hysterectomy

Considering All Treatment Options
It is very common for doctors to prescribe two or more treatment options. This is done as an effort to maximize the patient’s chances of survival as it is likely for the patient’s body to not be receptive to a particular form of treatment.

Under such circumstances, it is important for the patient and her family to consider all the treatment options without feeling rushed or compelled to choose one, but knowing it is an important choice. Any misconceptions or confusions should be cleared with the chief oncologist before proceeding with the treatment plan. The type of treatment prescribed by the doctor will depend largely on the stage of the cancer with higher stage cancers requiring more aggressive types of treatment.

Taking Key Factors into Account
There are multiple factors that influence the final selection of the treatment plan. The oncologist takes into account the general state of the patient’s health, the patient’s life choices (whether she is planning to have children or not) and other personal considerations before narrowing down the selection pool to a couple or more choices.

Patients are strongly encouraged to fully understand the physical and financial implications of the treatment plan before coming to a decision. For instance, a number of patients are forced to opt for a relatively cheaper treatment plan due to a lack of health insurance or a limited policy.

Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Treatment

In addition to the treatment options that have already been mentioned here, a patient can choose certain complementary or alternative treatment methods to relieve the symptoms of ovarian cancer and stop the growth of cancerous cells. Examples of such approaches include herbs, vitamins, special diets, acupuncture and massage.  Some of these methods may be considered controversial, but if there is the sense of some relief, it may be best for the overall welfare of the patient to even immerse in it, even if it’s just for a placebo effect, but never as a substitute for substantive treatment.

A complementary approach to treatment is one that is applied alongside regular medical care provided by the oncologists. In the case of an alternative treatment option, the patient selects a treatment plan in place of the one that has been already prescribed by the doctor.

Even though there are documented cases of these methods helping people recover from the symptoms or the cancer itself, science is yet to prove the efficacy or effectiveness of any of these unconventional approaches. You should also remember that some of the more eccentric treatment options can turn out to be dangerous, so do quite a bit of research before exposing yourself to an alternative treatment where the cure may be worse than the disease.

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