The Crisis in Gynecological Cancer Research

September 18, 2017 7:39 pm

By: Susan Gubar

As an ovarian cancer patient whose life is being extended by a clinical trial, I was delighted to learn this summer that research on gynecological cancers is undergoing an unusually productive period. But I’m dismayed that at … Read more

Cancer Patients Struggle to Understand Clinical Trials

September 10, 2017 5:40 pm

Cancer patients struggle to understand what is involved in a clinical trial, even when they have participated in them. In a survey of 1090 adult cancer patients, more than half did not understand the concepts of clinical equipoise or randomization.… Read more

Unmasking a Silent Killer: Ovarian Cancer

September 4, 2017 3:48 am

By: Yadira Galindo

After spending 35 years as a community college counselor, Jo-Anne Lesser retired and was looking forward to traveling with her husband, Norman. Her plans were derailed when abdominal pains had her doubled over in agony.

For seven … Read more

An Introduction To Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September 1, 2017 4:30 am

By: Dr. Laura Shawver, Founder of The Clearity Foundation

Ten years ago, I was recovering from chemotherapy following my ovarian cancer diagnosis. As a scientist and a cancer drug developer, I knew the odds. I also knew that progress in … Read more

Choice of Words Are Important for Cancer Ninjas

August 14, 2017 9:22 pm

By: Kelly Irvin

I’m a life-long writer with a degree in journalism, 40 years of nonfiction writing experience, 12 published novels and three novellas to my name. Words are of paramount importance to me. They are powerful weapons mightier than … Read more

A Peek Into Big Data and Ovarian Cancer

July 31, 2017 7:33 pm

By: Annette McElhiney

On July 29, 2017, I celebrated 9 years since my IIIC ovarian cancer debulking surgery.  Because I’ve been so fortunate to be in remission, I spend hours each day researching, writing, and corresponding with other ovarian cancer … Read more

Roadblocks to Advancing Treatment of Rare Ovarian Cancers

July 26, 2017 4:37 pm

It is difficult for advances to be made in rare cancers because there are fewer patients. This makes it more challenging to conduct clinical trials for these diseases. Rare ovarian cancers are no exception to this.

In an interview with … Read more

How the Broadway Star Marin Mazzie Confronts Cancer

July 14, 2017 8:55 pm

By: Susan Gubar

The Broadway star Marin Mazzie brings the same exuberance to living with late-stage ovarian cancer that she displays in her performances. Or perhaps the roles she has undertaken in musicals like “Ragtime,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “The … Read more

The Importance of Sharing Our Stories

April 5, 2017 6:45 pm

By: Annette McElhiney

When I was growing up in the 1950s, none of my immediate family, but many neighbors, distant relatives and acquaintances had cancer. Somehow, a cancer diagnosis always elicited silence, sadness, grief, and dread. Then, some people even … Read more

Knowledge and Good Decision Making Tools for Ovarian Cancer Patients

March 8, 2017 11:00 pm

By: Annette McElhiney

As a retired college professor, I firmly believe that knowledge is power and may also result in a longer healthier life. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, “How to Get Patients to Take More Control Read more

You May Want to Marry My Husband

March 6, 2017 10:03 pm

I have been trying to write this for a while, but the morphine and lack of juicy cheeseburgers (what has it been now, five weeks without real food?) have drained my energy and interfered with whatever prose prowess remains. Additionally, … Read more

Mom Who Was Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer Gives Birth to ‘Miracle’ Baby Girl

February 27, 2017 6:48 pm

Jennifer Callaway thought her dream of becoming a mother was gone when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 27. She had her right ovary removed and went through six rounds of chemotherapy.

“In my heart of hearts, I was … Read more

A 23-Year-Old Bodybuilder Is Being Ravaged By Ovarian Cancer — And Instagramming It

December 21, 2016 6:58 pm

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

In 2017, I Resolve to Move Forward

December 16, 2016 5:59 pm

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

5 Lessons From An Ovarian Cancer Survivor

November 11, 2016 6:00 pm

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

The Unbearably Slow Adoption of Genetic Cancer Tests

July 12, 2016 5:29 pm

Over the past 20 years, Nazneen Rahman has identified a steady stream of genes that influence the risk of breast, ovarian, and childhood cancers—work that has earned her scientific, popular, and even royal acclaim. But her latest accomplishment, and one … Read more

Why Are Many Women At Risk of Ovarian Cancer Not Aware Of It?

November 2, 2015 11:00 am

The statistics for ovarian cancer are frightening. Whereas early detection tests for breast cancer are relatively commonplace, 75-85% of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed only at a late stage, when the cancer has spread and prognosis is poor.

More … Read more