Ovarian Cancer – The facts, treatment and hope

Ovarian Cancer – The facts, treatment and hope

Ovarian Cancer can be quite asymptomatic, so a lot of women may not know they have it. Four key symptoms of ovarian cancer are:
– Abdominal or pelvic pain
– Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating 
– The need to urinate often or urgently
– Feeling full after eating a small amount

Former ABC presenter Jill Emberson, shares her personal story of her journey with terminal ovarian cancer, in a podcast titled Still Jill, in the hopes of raising awareness of this disease and altering more women of its symptoms: http://ow.ly/vZzm30mggJa

The message that the Ovarian Cancer Australia promotes it that “you know your body better than anyone else, so always listen to what your body is saying and trust your instinct”. If a woman suspects any symptoms, she is encouraged to raise these concerns with her GP.

Treatment options for Ovarian Cancer may include surgery and/or chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

How can Physiotherapy help women in their treatment journey?
For some women the side effects, associated with these treatments are significant and can include:
– Painful intercourse
– Pelvic pain
– Urinary frequency and urgency
– Urinary incontinence
– Altered bowel function – difficulties emptying or irritable bowel
– Reduced fitness/deconditioning
– Reduced energy, fatigue

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy can assist with reducing pain, improving bladder, bowel and pelvic floor muscle function.

At Body Logic Physiotherapy we are hear to help you improve your fitness and feel confident to return to doing the things you enjoy.

For more information or to book an appointment with one of our friendly Pelvic Health Physiotherapist at Body Logic please call our Subiaco and/or Joondalup clinics.

Pelvic Health Resources: http://ow.ly/IS2U30mgh43
Ovarian Cancer Support: https://ovariancancer.net.au/forum/
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