Entries from April 2009

Surgical Removal of the Ovaries – Worth the Risk?

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

  If you’re considering surgical removal of your ovaries to prevent ovarian cancer, you may simply be swapping one risk for another.  A recent study has found that the procedure raises the risk of death from heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. The study, published here in Obstetrics and Gynecology, did not look at women […]

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Our Ovaries Our Selves

April 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I was shocked to hear of a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer who admitted to being embarrassed about the disease. She said she felt it was a failure of her womanhood, this illness in her ovaries.  She had struggled throughout her life with fertility issues, the inability of her body to make a baby, and […]

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Ovarian Cancer Screening Leads to Many Unnecessary Surgeries

April 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Here’s more glum news about the pitiful state of current screening methods for ovarian cancer. An NIH-funded clinical trial just found that screening with both CA-125 blood tests and trans-vaginal ultrasound caused heaps of unnecessary surgeries and also failed to find cancer early enough to make a difference for most women. For every cancer detected, […]

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New online tool for ovarian cancer survivors

April 25th, 2009 · No Comments

  If you’re an ovarian cancer survivor, you face an increased risk of additional cancers and long-term side effects from your cancer treatment that will last the rest of your life.  A new online tool for cancer survivors aims to help by creating a personalized care plan so you can tackle the problem.  Wondering why […]

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Cancer By the Bay

April 24th, 2009 · 3 Comments

This post is dedicated to 54-year old Laurey Masterton, a 20-year ovarian cancer survivor who as you read this is completing a bicycling journey from San Diego California to St. Augustine Florida to raise money for ovarian cancer research. I am in Provincetown overlooking my mother’s bay.  I think of it as my mother’s bay […]

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ACOG recommends routine screening for genetic risk of ovarian cancer

April 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

  Two prominent U.S. medical societies are now recommending that women be routinely screened to see if they might benefit from genetic testing for an increased risk of ovarian or breast cancer.  The new recommendations come from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. As many as 1 […]

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I have no faith in doctors…

April 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer stage 4 after passing out several times, and visiting emergency rooms where no one had a answer to my problem.  My family doctor ignored all my symptoms…the enlarged belly, the pain, the mentsrual periods that were far from normal.  I had to take it upon myself to go to […]

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Possible New Funding for Better Ovarian Cancer Screening?

April 20th, 2009 · No Comments

  New federal legislation might improve funding for research to find a better ovarian cancer screening test. The bill, introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), would provide more than $100 million over the next four years for research into new biomarkers that could be developed into a screening test that actually works. The biggest reason […]

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Down the Tubal Highway

April 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Unless you’ve had a tubal pregnancy, undergone fertility procedures such as the harrowing HSG, or had a tubal ligation, you probably haven’t spent too much time thinking about your fallopian tubes especially not in association with ovarian cancer.  As it turns out these oft overlooked reproductive highways might offer insight into of all things the […]

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Life Force

April 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Many years ago a friend of the family convinced me to undergo first-degree Reiki training. I agreed because he had been nudging me toward Reiki for years and I thought acquiescing would finally get him to stop.  I also went because I come from a family of spiritual naysayers, so going was a productive form […]

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Medicare will pay for PET scans for ovarian cancer patients

April 15th, 2009 · No Comments

  Medicare is now paying for PET scans for ovarian cancer patients. The new policy will cover the scans for both the initial diagnosis and ongoing monitoring during treatment.  This is also good news for patients with private insurance because many private insurers often follow Medicare’s lead. Positron Emission Tomography or PET scans use a […]

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Good Patient/Bad Patient

April 11th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Good Patient/Bad Patient   Let’s be done with these terms.  If you’re diagnosed with ovarian cancer it is not your job to be good. Nor are you bad if you don’t adhere to whatever script those around you would like you to play by.    That said my mother was a…complicated patient.  She would not […]

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Whose Risk Is It Anyway?

April 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

A reader mentioned she regularly is faced with “people’s…recommendation for how to live life as a menopausal woman at increased risk for ovarian cancer.” Others’ awareness of her risk, like illness and even pregnancy, has made her body public domain. Any reader of Susan Sontag (Illness As Metaphor), has thought about the ways language, society […]

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Ovarian Cancer Survivor Complementary Therapies Retreat Day

April 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Boston Medical Center Ovarian Cancer Mind/Body Support Group invites you to join them as they sponsor the Ovarian Cancer Survivor Complementary Therapies Retreat Day Saturday, June 20, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Georgia Decker, MS, RN, CS-ANP, CN®, AOCN®, Founder and Advanced Practice Nurse, Integrative Care, Albany, NY. Immediate Past President of […]

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Beautiful Scars

April 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

From rib cage to pelvis, it meanders lazily, carefully avoiding my belly button. It is light in places, as though a feather lightly etched me. And then it burrows deeper, creating a crease that puckers awkwardly. There is only one line, even though it’s been traced by a scalpel three times. I would say it […]

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