Typical treatment methods
According to ACS, treatment options for ovarian cancer are dictated by the staging of the cancer growth. Treatment generally includes two or more of the following: surgery, radiation, chemo, hormone therapy (such as with Tamoxifen) and targeted therapy (the use of certain drugs to attack specific cancer cells to interfere with growth of those cells.)
Cancer therapy is extremely hard on one’s body and spirit. The treatment team chooses an approach that will adequately impact the growth of the cancer while delivering the lowest degree of side effects possible.
Chemotherapy not only attacks cancer cells but also healthy cells within the body, leading to such things as extreme fatigue, pain from nerve damage- often in the fingers and toes, hair loss, mouth and throat sores and other gastro-intestinal symptoms to include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and lack of appetite. (cancer.net)