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Many women are not having possible symptoms of recurrent ovarian cancer discussed with them after completing treatment. Among women with ovarian cancer, 53 per cent said no one talked them through the symptoms of recurrent ovarian cancer and 63 per cent of nurses said they don’t always have time to do this. 51 per cent of women with ovarian cancer said they needed support coping with the fear of recurrence.

For those women who do have a recurrence, many are not receiving the same level of support as when first diagnosed. As Table 10 shows, while women are being given time to discuss their diagnosis, they are less likely to have access to a Clinical Nurse Specialist, less likely to receive information and their case is less likely to be discussed at Multi- Disciplinary Team meetings (when all health professionals involved in a woman’s care discuss her treatment).

Table 10 – Differences between experience of women diagnosed with recurrent ovarian cancer and women receiving an initial diagnosis

 

Enough time to discuss their diagnosis (per cent)

Access to a Clinical Nurse Specialist (per cent)

Given written information at point of diagnosis (per cent)

Cases discussed at Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings (per cent)

Women first diagnosed

70

93

63

100

Women diagnosed with recurrent ovarian cancer

82

83

33

51