Cancer Patients Deserve Good Sex: “It’s Totally Life-Affirming”

December 29, 2018 7:00 pm
By Mary Elizabeth Williams An oncologist who advocates for sexual healing says “we neglect the importance of thinking about how people live.” When you’re diagnosed with cancer, your first thought likely isn’t, “How will this affect my sex life?” I… Read more

3 Women on How They’ve Handled the Hardest Parts of Ovarian Cancer

December 17, 2018 5:00 pm

By Claire Gillespie

Hobbies, physical activity, and loved ones all help.

For some women, an ovarian cancer diagnosis comes after a lengthy, frustrating, stressful process, given that many don’t have observable symptoms until the cancer is in a more advanced … Read more

A Survivor’s Guide to Speaking with Cancer Patients

December 13, 2018 5:00 pm

By Brooke Gant

One year ago, I was a healthy 32-year-old woman. Then, with a flurry of medical tests, I became an ovarian cancer patient.

I quickly learned that when you get hit by a difficult disease, you become vulnerable

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Overcoming the Psychological Effects of Ovarian Cancer

December 4, 2018 9:00 am

By Katie Kosko

A new program offers counseling, patient education and vetted referrals to patients and their families.

Whether it’s the person who receives a cancer diagnosis or family members who will watch their loved one go through it all,

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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

Tackling Cancer Anxiety

November 18, 2018 6:29 pm

By Susan Gubar

No matter how long I deal with periodic blood tests, abdominal CTs and mammograms, they always trigger a huge wave of ‘scanxiety.’

Last year, right before the winter holidays, the nurse practitioner palpating my breast paused and … Read more

Telling People You Have Cancer, and How to Respond As a Loved One

October 19, 2018 5:13 pm

ABC Life / By Liz Keen

Image: ABC presenter Jill Emberson was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2016, and is sharing what it’s like to live with death in sight. (ABC: Anthony Scully)

I was 22 when my mum told … Read more

The Power of Friendship: Lessons Learned About the Journeys of My Wife and Other Superheroes

September 30, 2018 4:57 pm

By Doug Wendt

The cancer journey is always overwhelming. No human can come away from the experience unscathed. You begin with a symptom here, a sign there, or maybe something appears on a routine checkup or in imaging. Suddenly, the … Read more

To Test or Not To Test: A Thorny Question in Ovarian Cancer Maintenance

September 19, 2018 9:28 pm

BY Kelly Irvin

I’ve officially entered the twilight zone. No, not the one Rod Serling spoke of on that classic TV show. This is that murky, dark period when the tumor markers associated with ovarian cancer start creeping up. While … Read more

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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My Stomach Pain Proved To Be Advanced Ovarian Cancer, and I Didn’t Like The Odds.

June 19, 2018 5:37 pm

By: Susan Lisovicz

I’m glad I was lying down when the doctor told me the true cause of my stomach pains.

“Well, you’ve got a tumor” were his first words to me. I had just awakened in a hospital bed … Read more

Quality Of Life Is The Name Of The Game

June 4, 2018 9:01 pm

By: Annette McElhiney

I will never forget in 2008 when my doctor told me, “you have ovarian cancer.” Few words in the English language provoke a stronger reaction of fear and dread than the word cancer. However, there are … Read more

Survivor Helps Women Go Through Ovarian Cancer with Grace

May 1, 2018 6:49 pm

Against the odds, one ovarian cancer survivor instilled healthy habits, joy and hope in to her life – all of which she wants to impart on to other women going through the same journey.

At the 2018 National Ovarian Cancer … 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

Hidden Burdens: The Effects of an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

February 23, 2018 6:51 pm

By: Kristie Kahl

After a cancer diagnosis and treatment, one may question when they will actually start to feel “normal” again, whatever that may be. The Ovarian Cancer Prognosis and Lifestyle (OPAL) study set out to help women with ovarian … Read more

Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.

February 21, 2018 7:16 pm

No one expected the four young women to live much longer. They had an extremely rare, aggressive and fatal form of ovarian cancer. There was no standard treatment.

The women, strangers to one another living in different countries, asked their … Read more

A Cancer Researcher Takes Cancer Personally

February 16, 2018 11:59 pm

By: Susan Gubar

Ongoing breakthroughs in cancer care involve personalized medicine, we are often informed. Because every malignancy is unique in terms of its genetics and genomics, one size (or protocol) cannot fit all.

A diagnosis of multiple myeloma, cancer … Read more

Living With Ovarian Cancer as a Chronic Disease, and Celebrating Milestones

February 9, 2018 8:33 pm

Whenever Joan Janssen meets fellow ovarian cancer patients, she shares words of wisdom that she’s gained from seven years of living with the disease. “This is a recurring disease; don’t be stunned if it comes back,” she tells them. “You … Read more

“Surviving it once, yes. Twice? I don’t know about that”: My Ovarian Cancer Came Back

February 2, 2018 6:32 pm

For many people diagnosed with cancer, the symptoms are obvious. Bumps, lumps and blood where it shouldn’t be are all clear-cut warning signs that something could be wrong.

But for Narell Whitehead, a chance encounter with a TV ad was … Read more