Everything about cancer is complicated: the disease, the treatments, clinical trials, diagnostic test. This may be the first time you’ve read about cells, genes and mutations since ninth-grade biology class. It can be scary and overwhelming. Here are a few tips.
If many of the clinical terms are unfamiliar, we recommend bookmarking the Terminology page. We’ve tried to be as thorough as possible, but if we missed anything, please let us know.
Cancer is a genomic disease, making each person’s tumor quite unique. In many cases, identifying these tumor characteristics can point to therapies that target those proteins or the pathways driven by genetic mutations. Understanding the various treatment options can also be quite overwhelming. These medications have strange names and are often given in combinations. To make matters even more complex, there are also clinical trials, testing experimental drugs that may, or may not, help put the cancer into remission. We are big believers in clinical trials and strongly recommend that all patients at least explore those possibilities.
Cancer is isolating but it doesn’t have to be. We provide a number of opportunities to connect with ovarian cancer patients and survivors. Share Your Story or research other organizations that can help.
Cancer research is ongoing, and we are keeping close tabs on advances in both laboratory and clinical investigations. The Clearity Blog can keep you up-to-date on these and other news. We have also presented and published our own research studies.
And finally, no nonprofit website would be complete without a request for donations. Your gifts support our ability to help thousands of women with ovarian cancer, and we thank you for your generosity.