Ovarian cancer behaves differently in each woman, and a standard follow-up schedule would not work for everyone. Women with ovarian cancer should talk to their doctor about a follow-up plan that suits their individual situation. Follow-up care is often shared among the cancer specialists (oncologists), gynecologist, surgeon and the family doctor.
After treatment has ended, new symptoms and symptoms that don’t go away should be reported to the doctor without waiting for the next scheduled appointment. These may include:
The chance of ovarian cancer recurring is greatest within 5 years, so close follow-up is needed during this time.
Follow-up after ovarian cancer treatment varies. Follow-up visits are usually scheduled:
During a follow-up visit, the doctor usually asks questions about the side effects of treatment and how the woman is coping. The doctor may do a complete physical examination, including:
Tests may be ordered as part of follow-up or if the doctor suspects the cancer has come back (recurred).
If a recurrence is found during follow-up, the oncology team will assess the person with cancer to determine the best treatment options.
The Canadian Cancer Society provides helpful information about government income programs, financial resources and other resources available to families struggling to make sense of the personal financial burden they face.