Ovarian Cancer Support

At NYU Langone’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, our doctors provide follow-up care for women following ovarian cancer treatment. This means finding approaches to long-term health and wellbeing after initial treatment is complete. 

Women who have completed treatment usually return for checkups every three months for the first two years, and then every six months thereafter. At these appointments, our doctors may use transvaginal ultrasound or CA-125 blood tests to make sure the cancer hasn’t returned. They may also encourage you to take advantage of our supportive services as part of your survivorship. 

Physical Rehabilitation 

Immediately after ovarian cancer surgery, doctors at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation prescribe physical therapy to help get you moving and ready to go home. Our doctors can also prescribe medications for any postoperative pain that may affect your mobility. 

After a consultation with you, a doctor at Rusk Rehabilitation can recommend an outpatient physical therapy program that includes strength training and aerobic exercise to address any cancer- or treatment-related weakness and fatigue. The exercise program can also improve your balance, flexibility, and mobility, which may be affected by cancer surgery. 

Neuropathy 

Neuropathy, a common side effect of chemotherapy, leads to nerve damage, which can cause numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness, often in the hands, feet, arms, and legs. Doctors at Rusk Rehabilitation prescribe medication to ease neuropathy-related discomfort and physical therapy to prevent the condition from interfering with your balance and strength. 

Lymphedema 

If your lymph nodes were removed during surgery, the pelvis’s lymph vessels—tubes that carry infection-fighting fluid throughout the body—can cause lymph fluid to build up in the tissues, leading to swelling and discomfort in the legs. 

Doctors at Rusk Rehabilitation can prescribe physical therapy and show you how to prevent the development of lymphedema after surgery—for example, by wearing compression wraps around your legs. They can also ensure that you’re aware of the early warning signs of the condition, such as aching, tingling, or a feeling of fullness in the groin, legs, or feet. The sooner management starts, the less likely you are to develop lymphedema.

Nutrition 

Our doctors encourage healthful eating before, during, and after treatment for ovarian cancer. Registered oncology dietitians at Perlmutter Cancer Center can work with you to assess your diet and provide nutrition education and counseling. 

Integrative Health Therapies

Specialists at Perlmutter Cancer Center offer a variety of integrative health services, which can help women with ovarian cancer feel better during and after treatment. These services include massage therapy, which can help reduce stress, and acupuncture, which may relieve hot flashes associated with some medications and radiation-related fatigue. 

Psychological Support 

Perlmutter Cancer Center provides individual counseling sessions and support groups for women with gynecologic cancers, as well as group meetings for those with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations or others. Psychological support can be a valuable part of dealing with any concerns or anxieties that may arise.

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