New Name for Breast-Cancer Syndrome Could Help to Save Lives

July 3, 2019 6:00 pm

By Colin C. Pritchard

People of all sexes can have risk genes that are often assumed to affect only women. Renaming the syndrome should aid cancer prevention and treatment, argues Colin C. Pritchard.

I recently had a conversation with my … Read more

A Glossary of Cancer Terms for Patients

June 24, 2019 6:00 pm

By Andrea S. Blevins Primeau, PhD, MBA

Many complex terms and numerous abbreviations are used in the field of oncology. Many patients likely do not fully understand these terms, whether they hear them during their oncology visits or when reading … Read more

The CA125 Blood Test: Your Questions Answered

June 10, 2019 5:00 pm

What is a CA125 blood test?

CA125 is a protein that both men and women have in their blood. The normal level of this is 35 units per millilitre (U/mL), or lower.

A CA125 blood test is used to check … Read more

‘This terrible disease’: Ovarian cancer is deadly, but new tests, treatments start to emerge

May 18, 2019 5:00 pm

By Sarah Elizabeth Richards

Photo: Liz Laats with husband Andy Laats and their three children. She died three years ago of ovarian cancer. The San Diego resident had suffered through 88 rounds of chemotherapy during 10 treatment regimens over six Read more

6 Questions to Ask Your Doctor After an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

April 30, 2019 5:00 pm

Two of the key points this article touches on refer to finding a clinical trial and seeking mental health support. At Clearity, we can help! Check out our Clinical Trial Finder, as well as Steps Through OC, a Read more

23andMe DTC Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Test Misses Almost 90 Percent of BRCA Mutation Carriers

April 5, 2019 5:00 pm

By Julia Karow

A study led by researchers at Invitae has found that 23andMe’s direct-to-consumer BRCA test, which tests for three common variants in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and is authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration, misses … Read more

Ovarian Cancer’s New Identity: A Chronic Disease

April 1, 2019 4:45 pm

By Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Women with this disease are living longer, despite common recurrence.

When Luci Berardi received a stage 4 ovarian cancer diagnosis in October 2010, she did not want to know her chances of survival. The physician told … Read more

Ovarian Cancer Screening Tool Should be a Top Research Priority

March 25, 2019 5:00 pm

By Kelly Irvin

Did we bring this scary, painful, financially draining monster into our lives by eating too many cookies and not doing enough jumping jacks? We need a reliable diagnostic screening tool for ovarian cancer and we need it Read more

Patients Need Access to More Information About the Cost of Cancer Care

March 21, 2019 5:00 pm

By Brielle Benyon

Financial distress puts a major burden on patients with cancer and their families. And while there are numerous resources that clinicians can share with their patients to help with co-pays and other money-related issues, they are not … Read more

Patients and Their Teams Are Celebrated at the Second Annual Ovarian Cancer Heroes Event

March 16, 2019 5:00 pm

By Katie Kosko and Jessica Skarzynski

The importance of teamwork between patients and their caregivers was a common theme at the second annual Ovarian Cancer Heroes event held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

A cancer diagnosis can be a very lonely thing. … Read more

Only 18% of People With Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genes Knew They Were Carriers, Study Found. How Can We Make DNA Screening Work Better?

February 7, 2019 5:00 pm

By Michael Murray

There are diseases and health conditions that are essentially invisible to us until it is too late.

When those problems are life-threatening, such as cancer, and if there is a period when something could be done, then … Read more

Cancer Cures and the Importance of Communicating Responsibly

February 6, 2019 3:00 pm

By Carin Canale-Theakston

Xconomy San Diego —  Last week, it was reported by multiple media outlets (see here, and here, and here) that a group of Israeli scientists had found “a cure for all cancer” and that … Read more

When Menopause Masks Ovarian Cancer, Vital Treatment Gets Delayed

January 29, 2019 6:00 pm

By Anubhuti Matta

Nine months — that’s how long Shradha Gupta, 51, waited for an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

“I had a terrible pain in the pelvic region, felt bloated all the time, but the gynecologist kept asking me to wait … Read more

We Asked a Genetic Counselor About 23andMe’s New Cancer Test

January 24, 2019 6:00 pm

By Dan Robitzski

“There’s that element of anxiety and stress and not necessarily having an educational resource to turn to.”

Over The Counter

23andMe is already allowed to screen customers for mutations associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. … Read more

Delays In Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis Mean 1 In 5 Patients Too Ill To Receive Treatment

December 21, 2018 6:00 pm

By Rachel Moss

One in five ovarian cancer patients is too ill to treat by the time she receives her diagnosis, according to new data.

The charity Target Ovarian Cancer warned that delays in diagnosis are common and leave too … Read more

What This 30-Year-Old Ovarian Cancer Survivor Wants All Women to Know—Especially If You’re Young

November 24, 2018 7:20 pm

By Blake Bakkila

When Hannah Pyper felt her first symptoms at 26—a lump growing in her abdomen, intense pains that would wake her up, and the urge to pee several times throughout the night—she “totally ignored everything.” 

Hannah Pyper had … Read more

Ovarian Cancer Screening Isn’t as Simple as Getting an Ultrasound

October 26, 2018 7:26 pm

By Korin Miller

In fact, there’s no reliable screening test, period.

Ovarian cancer is one of those diseases you probably assume you’re being screened for when you go to your well-woman exams, but that’s not really the case. Ovarian cancer … Read more

Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer Delayed by Woeful Lack of Awareness

October 18, 2018 4:24 pm

Most comprehensive survey of women with ovarian cancer ever undertaken suggests raising awareness of the disease could improve outcomes for women.

A global study of women with ovarian cancer has found that two thirds of women had never heard of … Read more

Squelching Ovarian Cancer: The Not-So-Silent Killer

September 17, 2018 12:08 am

By Diane Mapes

Despite its long-standing nickname, ovarian cancer isn’t really a silent killer. There are symptoms; it’s just that they whisper or are commonly mistaken for something else, like aging or irritable bowel syndrome. As a result of this

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Newly Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer? Take a Breath, Then Follow These Steps

July 17, 2018 2:30 am
BY Jason Harris
The first thing a woman should do after receiving a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, according to Teresa P. Díaz-Montes, M.D., M.P.H., is nothing. At least not right away.

“You feel lost and confused, and everybody is going

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