Care of ovarian cancer patients should not stop immediately after they complete medical treatment. Many individuals experience physical, as well as emotional symptoms after they have completed treatment such as fatigue, weight changes, sexual dysfunction and especially anxiety. It is important for cancer patients to learn how to cope with the fear and anxious feeling that their cancer might return, as well as the other symptoms that may surface after treatment.
After completing treatment, it’s normal to worry about your cancer recurring, and it may take time to learn to cope with those feelings. For some, cancer returns, and they have to learn to live with cancer as treatment continues. Other specific issues that ovarian cancer survivors can experience include:
- Hair regrowth and issues of cosmetology - everything from head hair regrowth to eyebrow and eyelash regrowth.
- Dealing with sexuality - this is difficult after gynecologic cancer because patients can associate negative feelings about their gynecologic health, or disease, with sexuality
- Side effects of chemotherapy - some of the chemotherapy drugs used to treat ovarian cancer can cause long-term numbness in fingers or toes or fogginess of thought.
Support and care after cancer treatment can help everyone, men and women, reclaim their lives and well-being. Cone Health understands this and that is why they have an entire team of support staff at the Cancer Center dedicated to helping patients through treatment as well as supporting and empowering them in their survivorship.
Dr. Emma Rossi originates from Brisbane, Australia, where she completed her undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Queensland. She completed an OBGYN residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, followed by a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following fellowship, Dr. Rossi served as assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Indiana University where she was an interim fellowship program director in gynecologic oncology. In 2015, she returned to the UNC-Chapel Hill where she is faculty and assistant professor with the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.