Indiana's Nonprofit Resource & Education Organization for OVARIAN CANCER
Caregivers & Families
Ovar'coming Together, Inc.
2625 N. Meridian Street, Suite #108, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Toll Free: 855-855-OVAR | Ph: 317-925-6643 | Fax: 317-925-6673
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-Abdominal / Pelvic Pain
-Feeling Full Quickly
-Urinary Symptoms (urgency or frequency)
*Remember: Report symptoms if they are persistent and represent a change from normal for your body. Women who have symptoms almost daily for more than 2-3 weeks should see their doctor. Ask for a vaginal ultrasound, a combination pelvic/rectal exam, and a CA 125 blood test. Ask for a referrla to a gynecologic oncologist.
The links below provide tools that women can use if they have concerns that they are experiencing symptoms that may be indicative of ovarian cancer.
The first tool is a Symptom Diary which can be used to track symptoms over time. Completing this diary will help you document your concerns and assist you and your doctor in determining next steps.
The second tool is Interim Practice Guidelines for physicians. It outlines important steps your doctor may take to evaluate whether your symptoms may be ovarian cancer. Leaders in ovarian cancer research, diagnosis and treatment have developed these symptom management strategies based on their expertise and years of practice.
Because the symptoms of ovarian cancer often mimic other conditions, they are sometimes misdiagnosed or ignored. By tracking the persistency of the symptoms, over time women will be better able to discuss their options for further diagnostics with their doctors. By using the Symptom Diary and the Interim Guidance, we believe that more women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier and hope that lives can be saved.