Three weeks before her wedding day, Cheyann Shaw uploaded a video to YouTube, a space the fitness fanatic regularly filled with workout clips and health tips. But this time was different: She was now using the social video platform for … Read more
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today granted accelerated approval to rucaparib (Rubraca) to treat women with advanced ovarian cancer who have been treated with two or more chemotherapies and whose tumors have a specific gene mutation (deleterious BRCA… Read more
By: Annette McElhiney
As an amateur artist who paints to heal, I see the various stages I’ve been through in my ovarian cancer journey hanging on the walls surrounding me. Some paintings are full of joy as when I first … Read more
A 14-year-old cancer survivor was cast in her dream role this holiday season only a year after the disease had dashed her hopes to perform as Clara in the Christmas classic The Nutcracker. Caitlyn Feddock, who will perform the role … Read more
Delivering bad news to a patient is one of the toughest parts of being a medical professional. As an ob/gyn, whenever I had a patient that showed signs of ovarian, cervical or uterine cancer, it was my responsibility to inform … Read more
Avastin (bevacizumab) gained an expanded FDA approval to treat patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer as a part of a combination regimen with chemotherapy followed by continued use of the angiogenesis inhibitor, according to the drug developer, Genentech.
The approval … Read more
Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and North Dakota passed some form of marijuana legalization on Election Day 2016, potentially reducing barriers for patients with cancer hoping to use marijuana to relieve symptoms of pain or to increase appetite as … Read more
There has been major progress in treating gynecologic malignancies in recent years, especially for ovarian cancer, says Douglas A. Levine, M.D., a member of The Clearity Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board.
For example, PARP inhibition has gained impressive traction as a … Read more
In 1978 after graduating with a Ph.D in English and American Literature, I began looking for an academic teaching position in a college or university. I acquired a tenure track position as an assistant professor of English and women’s studies … Read more
Lynparza (olaparib) demonstrated improved progression-free survival (PFS) compared to the placebo arm for patients with ovarian cancer, according to findings from the phase 3 SOLO-2 trial. The single-agent PARP inhibitor was tested in the maintenance setting for patients with advanced … Read more
Ovarian cancer is among the 3 most common gynecologic cancers, along with cervical and endometrial cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 75 women will have ovarian cancer in their lifetime, about 22,280 women will be diagnosed with … Read more
Stress and depression not only affect the quality of life of women with ovarian cancer, but it can also have a negative impact on their prognosis, according to Susan Lutgendorf, Ph.D., professor and Starch Faculty Fellow at the University of … Read more
Academic scientists devote their lives to research, often toiling away on problems that few people outside their discipline fully understand. Perhaps some are driven by pure curiosity or competition, while others have a personal interest in the topic at hand.… Read more
In 1997 I was 27, happy, free, and traveling the world as a flight attendant. Newly married and ready to have a baby, I felt strong and invincible. My future was unfolding just as I expected it to. Until the … Read more
In the crucible of cancer treatment, the bonding of patients with physicians often makes the unendurable endurable. The difficulty of finding and then keeping the right oncologist can therefore be fraught. Yet this problem, not uncommon today, is on track … Read more
Cobie Smulders is encouraging young women everywhere to be proactive about their health by sharing her own story. The “How I Met Your Mother” actress talked about her experience with ovarian cancer in an emotional essay for Lenny Letter earlier … Read more
By: Annette McElhiney
I love to paint and to see people enjoy themselves whenever possible. Because I have ovarian cancer, I’m also very committed to being an advocate. So what happens when you put all those things together? You give … Read more
Annually, Support Connection, a a not-for-profit organization that provides emotional, social and educational support to women, their families and friends affected by breast and ovarian cancer, hosts a webinar/teleconference.
In September 2015, our founder Dr. Laura Shawver hosted a webinar … Read more
As its name suggests, baby powder, a talcum powder blend that absorbs moisture and reduces chafing, used to be a common staple of diaper changing stations in homes all across America.
But Johnson & Johnson, the company that makes the … Read more
On November 8th in Colorado, we will be voting on Proposition 106: Colorado End-of-Life Options Act, which is an act that allows individuals with a terminal illness to request from their physician and self-administer medical aid-in-dying medication. Needless to say, … Read more