When To Call a Doctor
Ovarian cancer may cause early symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you have one or more of the following symptoms almost daily for more than 2 or 3 weeks:
- Pain in your belly or pelvis.
- Trouble eating, or feeling full quickly.
- Urinary problems, such as feeling an urgent need to urinate or urinating more often than usual.
These symptoms may be common for some women. They may not mean that you have ovarian cancer. But the early symptoms of ovarian cancer follow a pattern:
- They start suddenly.
- They feel different than your normal digestive or menstrual problems.
- They happen almost every day and don't go away.
If you've been diagnosed
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, be sure to follow your doctor's instructions about calling when you have problems, new symptoms, or symptoms that get worse.
Who to see
Health professionals who can evaluate your symptoms and your risk for ovarian cancer include:
- Reference Nurse practitioner Opens New Window.
- Reference Physician assistant Opens New Window.
- Reference Internist Opens New Window.
- Reference Gynecologist Opens New Window.
- Reference Obstetrician Opens New Window.
- Reference Family medicine physician Opens New Window.
Doctors who can manage your cancer treatment include:
- Reference Gynecologic oncologist Opens New Window. Your long-term outcome (prognosis) is improved if you are under the care of an experienced gynecologic oncologist. His or her expertise can help determine the best treatment choices at the time of the initial surgery.Reference 5
- Reference Medical oncologist Opens New Window (often called an "oncologist").
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Ross Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology