Ovarian cancer: symptoms, treatment and long-term patient management
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Ovarian cancer: symptoms, treatment and long-term patient management

Anne Lanceley Senior lecturer, Institute for Women’s Health, University College London
Debbie Fitzgerald Executive committee member, National Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses
Vikki Jones Executive committee member, National Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses
Tracie Miles Executive committee member, National Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses
Emma Elliott Executive committee member, National Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses
Liz Darragh Executive committee member, National Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses
Lisa Peck Executive committee member, National Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses

Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death among women. It has a poor prognosis, with five-year survival rates of 40 per cent. This article discusses early symptoms and treatments. It explores the management of disease, treatment-related symptoms and end of life care and provides practical guidance on ways in which cancer nurses can work in partnership with women to support and educate them to self-manage their symptoms where possible and deal with the challenges posed by their illness.

Primary Health Care. 21, 7,31-38. doi: 10.7748/phc2011.09.21.7.31.c8689