The side effects of ovarian cancer treatment can be serious. Your doctor may give you medicines to help you with certain side effects. Healthy habits—such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise—may help control your symptoms. You can try home treatments:
Purpose of This Summary
This PDQ cancer information summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about the treatment of ovarian epithelial cancer. It is intended as a resource to inform and assist clinicians who care for cancer patients. It does not provide formal guidelines or recommendations for making health care decisions.
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Sleep problems. If you have trouble sleeping, try having
a regular bedtime and getting exercise daily.
Feeling very tired. If you lack energy or become weak easily, try to manage your energy and get extra rest.
Hair loss. Hair loss may be unavoidable. But using
mild shampoos and avoiding damaging hair products will reduce irritation of
Pain. Home treatment can help you manage pain. Be sure to talk with your doctor about any home treatment you use.
Handling the stress of having cancer
Having cancer can be very stressful, and it may feel overwhelming to face the challenges in front of you. Finding new ways of coping with the symptoms of stress may improve your overall quality of life.
These ideas may help:
Get the support you need. Spend time with people who care about you, and let them help you.