During and after ovarian cancer treatment you’ll need to take things easy for at least the first couple of weeks.
Therefore, you are advised to rest as much as possible. You can start to gradually return to your normal activities in the following weeks, but be careful to not to do too much too soon.
You’ll be asked to avoid heavy lifting, exercise, and indulge in sex for a few weeks after your surgery. Also, you should be able to go back to your normal activities in about 4 to 6 weeks.
Your cancer surgery recovery time will depend on the type of surgery you had and your general health. However, most women are able to fully return to their usual activities after 4–8 weeks.
Rest: Take things easy for initial months and do things that are comfortable.
Driving: You will most likely need to avoid driving for a few weeks after the surgery.
Work: Depending on the nature of your work, you will probably need 4–6 weeks leave from work.
Bowel problems: You may have constipation following the surgery. It is important to avoid straining when passing a bowel motion, so you may need to take laxatives.
Nutrition: Have a balanced diet as it will help your body to heal faster.
Sex: You should avoid indulging in sex for about six weeks after the operation to give your wounds time to heal.
Exercise: You can start walking the day after the surgery. Start with a short walk and go a little further each day. Speak to your doctor if you would like to try more vigorous exercise.