Ovarian cancer and its treatment can lead to other health problems. You may receive supportive care to prevent or control these problems and to improve your comfort and quality of life.
Your health care team can help you with the following problems:
- Pain Your doctor or a specialist in pain control can suggest ways to relieve or reduce pain.
- Swollen abdomen (from abnormal fluid buildup called ascites) The swelling can be uncomfortable. Your health care team can remove the fluid whenever it builds up.
- Blocked intestine Cancer can block the intestine. Your doctor may be able to open the blockage with surgery.
- Swollen legs (from lymphedema) Swollen legs can be uncomfortable and hard to bend. You may find exercises, massages, or compression bandages helpful. Physical therapists trained to manage lymphedema can also help.
- Shortness of breath Advanced cancer can cause fluid to collect around the lungs, making it hard to breathe. Your health care team can remove the fluid whenever it builds up.