Entries from May 2009

Surviving Ovarian and more…

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Hi- I am a 1 year survivor of stage 4 ovarian, recently (last week) docs found an enlarged lymph node.  It was biopsied this morning – no results yet.  I am also BRCA 1 positive.  I thought I would have to make a decision about tamoxifen, now it looks like that may be a minor […]

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Tags: Whisper Network

Just joined

May 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Hello Everyone, This is the 1st blog/website I have joined since the discovery of OC in Oct.’08.(Stage IIIC).In April,’09, my doctor declared that I am in remission.The blog about the roller coaster ride hit home with me.While I am so grateful to be in remission for now, there is the ever-present thought in the back […]

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The Follow-Up Roller Coaster

May 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Hold on, we’re going to talk about follow-up exams.  Yes, it’s nauseating and anxiety inducing just to consider those words:  following-up exam. I can actually feel my stomach turn and my breath quicken – and I am but a family member.  Yet I dare to tackle one of the most terrifying of cancer concepts as […]

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Tags: Caregivers · How Cancer has Affected My Life

Doggone It

May 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Call me a skeptic but what do we need with cancer sniffing dogs?  Are malignancies posing a threat to airport security? “Please don’t leave your baggage unattended.”  Someone might slip a tumor inside it. There must be good scientific reason as researchers from Sweden and Hungary are training dogs to detect cervical, endometrial, and ovarian […]

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Tags: Ovarian Cancer in the News · Screening

Driving Ms. Mom

May 11th, 2009 · 3 Comments

After a year of monthly trips to the mechanic and auto repair fees equivalent to new car payments, I decided to get a different car. What in the world does selling a 10 year old car on Craigslist and buying a semi-new car from a dealer have to do with ovarian cancer?  It does, trust […]

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Tags: Caregivers · How Cancer has Affected My Life

New Genetic Risks of Ovarian Cancer

May 10th, 2009 · No Comments

  Researchers are starting to find more genetic clues about who is at highest risk for ovarian cancer – beyond the already known mutations in the BRCA genes that can increase risk.   A recent study found 16 common genetic variations (on eight different genes not linked to BRCA) that are linked to an increased […]

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Tags: Ovarian Cancer in the News · Screening · Whisper Network

Early Detection: screening effectiveness

May 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Early Detection: screening effectiveness

A recent article was published on the effectiveness of screening for the early detection of ovarian cancer.  This was published in the journal called Lancet Oncology in April 2009. In this study, 202,638 women who were aged between 50 and 74 years old were followed on this study from 2001 through 2005. Because not all […]

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Tags: The Doctor's Corner

Color Me Curious

May 3rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

In case you didn’t recognize it the color of this website is teal.  That’s because teal is the color designated to represent ovarian cancer.  Almost all diseases have an associated color thanks not to the world of marketing, as you might have guessed, but to human nature.  Apparently our species has a propensity for packaging […]

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Tags: Ovarian Cancer in the News

Inexpert ultrasounds cause unnecessary surgeries in ovarian cancer screening

May 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

  Some British researchers have found that a lack of expertise on the ultrasound machine is leading to unnecessary surgery on women suspected of having ovarian cancer. The problem occurs when technicians or physicians who are not experts in gynecologic imaging can’t figure out whether an ovarian mass is benign or cancerous. So they send […]

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Tags: Screening · Whisper Network

Preventative Oophoroectomy: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

May 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

I have had an uncertain relationship with my ovaries, to say the least.  Mostly I have thought of them as loaded guns just waiting to go off.  So when my gynecologist informed me I had a one-millimeter complex cyst on the left ovary, I almost heeded her suggestion to have both the little egg-hatchers removed. […]

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Tags: How Cancer has Affected My Life · Ovarian Cancer in the News