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Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are offered a combination of surgery and chemotherapy, or, in a very few cases, surgery or chemotherapy alone.

Diagnosis → Surgery → Chemotherapy

OR

Diagnosis → Chemotherapy → Surgery → Chemotherapy

OR

Diagnosis → Chemotherapy

OR

Diagnosis → Surgery

Guidelines require all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer to be offered information, including written information, about treatment.25 While gaps remain, notably around the provision of written information at the point of diagnosis and prior to surgery, tables 6 and 7 show that there has been a steady improvement in the way diagnosis and treatment is explained to women and, to a lesser extent, the provision of written information since the first Pathfinder in 2009. 

Table 6 – Women reporting their diagnosis and treatment was explained to them in a way they could understand

Pathfinder

Diagnosis explained in a way women could understand (per cent)

Surgery explained in a way women could understand (per cent)

Chemotherapy explained in a way women could understand (per cent)

2009

76*

65**

72**

2012

62*

73**

69**

2016

82

93

96

*In 2009 and 2012 women were asked if they were given all the information they needed to answer any questions they had

**In 2009 and 2012 women were asked if they were able to get answers they could understand to their questions about surgery and chemotherapy.

Table 7 – Women reporting they were provided with written information at diagnosis and during treatment

Pathfinder

Written information at point of diagnosis

(per cent)

Written information before surgery

(per cent)

Written information before chemotherapy

(per cent)

2009

45

48

82

2012

65

60

76

2016

63

68

95