Busting Myths Surrounding Cancer and Genetic Testing

April 18, 2018 12:02 am

While only 5 percent to 10 percent of cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation, genetic testing may benefit people with a strong history of family cancer, an expert in genetics suggests.

This is especially true in families with … Read more

Participation In Clinical Trials May Eliminate Ovarian Cancer Survival Disparities

April 4, 2018 5:22 pm

Improving the diversity of enrollment in clinical trials may improve health disparities among women with ovarian cancer, according to study results presented at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer.

“Our study is evidence that no one … Read more

Four Individuals Named Ovarian Cancer Heroes at Inaugural Event

March 30, 2018 10:12 pm

Driving research and awareness by working together are ways in which the word cure might one day be heard in the ovarian cancer community. Members of the tight knit “teal army” gathered last night for the inaugural Ovarian Cancer Heroes … Read more

Screening Beyond Those With Cancer History May Be More Effective

February 12, 2018 10:32 pm

As genetic testing becomes more accessible with advanced technology and decreased costs, population-based testing for breast and ovarian cancer may be more cost effective in the long run, according to study results published in Journal of the National Cancer InstituteRead more

Should All Women Be Tested for Breast, Ovarian Cancer Gene Mutations?

January 31, 2018 7:27 pm

Evidence is growing that all women age 30 and older should be tested for the inherited gene mutations that can cause breast and ovarian cancer, according to British researchers.

“We could prevent thousands more ovarian and breast cancers through a … Read more

With Cancer, Timing Is Everything

January 8, 2018 10:41 pm

I had a family member who was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer 20 years ago and died of the disease at the age of 47. Even though her symptoms appeared a year before her diagnosis with abdominal bloating, indigestion, … Read more

Health Matters: Testing Your Genes for Cancer

December 12, 2017 12:21 am

Whether you’ve already been diagnosed, or you want to know your risk, health experts can test your DNA to determine your chances of developing cancer.

“The testing itself determines whether or not they have inherited this broken gene that could … Read more

An Ovarian Cancer Survivor’s Holiday Wish List

December 6, 2017 3:52 pm

By: Annette McElhiney

Now that it is December, most of us are preparing for the holidays. We plan and host parties, we prepare special foods, we give presents, and we create a “wish list” for ourselves. I’ve said many times … Read more

2 Ovarian Cancer Survivors, 1 Shared Passion

November 13, 2017 7:27 pm

Anne Hermiller and Sarah Ludinich experienced ovarian cancer at different stages in life. What’s similar is their passion for making other women more aware of the disease and its effects.

Hermiller, of Findlay, learned she had cancer in 2014. “I … Read more

3 Ovarian Cancer Organizations Empowering Women

October 11, 2017 6:01 pm

More than 22,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. As Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, we believe in recognizing ovarian cancer organizations and advocates fighting to make a difference.

We’ve highlighted ovarian cancer organizations … Read more

Teen Girl Overcomes Ovarian Cancer

September 20, 2017 6:15 pm

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and the cancer is known as the silent killer because it’s difficult to find. It usually strikes older women or those with a family history, so imagine the shock when a family from Warrington … Read more

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