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Ovarian cancer and mental health

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Ovarian cancer and mental health

Ovarian cancer is an especially challenging type of cancer. Many women who have experienced it report intense concerns about whether it will return after treatment and whether they will die young. Some women worry much of the time and scan their bodies for possible signs of the cancer returning. Some describe a sense that everything is in limbo and a reduced feeling of control. It can be difficult to know what to say to others, especially children, about the cancer. When women feel pressured to “think positive,” they may feel alienated from others.

Women may also experience positive changes after ovarian cancer. Some women report living more in the moment, feeling closer to loved ones, having a deepened sense of spirituality, taking better care of themselves and finding meaning in helping others.

If you’ve had ovarian cancer and are struggling emotionally or would like to work toward positive changes in your life, consider speaking with your primary care provider or mental health clinician about support, counseling, and other treatment options.

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