What Should You Ask Your Doctor About Ovarian Cancer?

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you will have many questions to ask your oncologist. It is important that you feel free to ask any question you feel is important to your health, and that you have honest discussions with your healthcare providers. Some of the questions you may want to ask your doctor include the following:

  • What type of ovarian cancer do I have? (epithelial, stromal or germ cell)
  • Should I get a second opinion on my ovarian cancer diagnosis?
  • Has my ovarian cancer spread outside the ovaries, and, if so, to which organs?
  • What are the grade and stage of my ovarian cancer?
  • Explain grade and stage to me.
  • What treatments do you recommend for my specific type, grade and stage of ovarian cancer?
  • What is your rationale for recommending this type of treatment for my ovarian cancer?
  • What are the risks associated with the treatment you are recommending for my ovarian cancer?
  • What side effects can I expect with your recommended course of treatment?
  • If I complete the treatments you have recommended for my ovarian cancer, what are the chances my cancer will recur?
  • What can I do to be at my best when my treatment begins?
  • Would following a special diet allow help my treatment to go more smoothly?
  • Could I still have children following the treatment you are recommending?
  • What is my prognosis for this type, stage and grade of ovarian cancer?
  • Would a clinical trial be right for me?
  • If a clinical trial would be a good option for me, do you know of any I might qualify for?
  • Will I lose my hair during the recommended treatment?
  • What is the recovery time following the treatment for my ovarian cancer?
  • How do I explain my disease, treatment and prognosis to my spouse, children, parents and other family members?


Baby Powder with Talc and Shower to Shower contain Talc: How dangerous is the use of Talcum Powder for Feminine Hygiene?

Perhaps you are aware of the talcum powder ovarian cancer issue, and the number of talcum powder lawsuits which have been filed against Johnson & Johnson—more than 1,200. This “baby powder cancer”, as it is sometimes referred to, may be affecting thousands of women across the United States. The issue is that talcum powder, when used for feminine hygiene, could put women at a much greater risk of ovarian cancer. Some studies place the risk of ovarian cancer among women who use talcum powder in the genital region at as much as 30-40 percent higher.


Johnson and Johnson continues to maintain that their baby powder with talc as well as their Shower to Shower powder with talc are perfectly safe for women to use for feminine hygiene purposes, and deny that a warning should have been added to their powders which contain talc. Some research disagrees, and three juries have also found Johnson & Johnson liable for the harm suffered by three plaintiffs, each of whom developed talcum powder ovarian cancer after using J & J powder with talc.


The first talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit was decided in 2013 when jurors found in favor of plaintiff Deane Berg; she however received no damages. Berg had used J & J talcum powder for more than three decades for feminine hygiene, then was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The second talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit was decided in February 2013 in favor of the family of Jacqueline Fox (after Fox’s death months before the trial, the lawsuit became a wrongful death claim).


A Missouri jury awarded Fox’s family $72 million--$10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages. Just a few short weeks ago, in early May, the third talcum powder lawsuit was decided in favor of plaintiff Gloria Ristesund, when jurors awarded Ristesund $55 million--$5 million in compensatory damages, and $50 million in punitive damages. As the Johnson & Johnson talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits continue, it remains to be seen how many more women will also file talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits. Women who have received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer may want to ask their doctors about the safety of Talcum Powder usage for feminine hygiene.


Can I take Legal Action over a Talcum Powder related Ovarian Cancer?

If you have received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer and you used talcum powder for feminine hygiene, it could be beneficial to speak with a knowledgeable talcum powder ovarian cancer attorney. Obtaining experienced talcum powder ovarian cancer legal help could be extremely important during this time in your life. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

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