I go by Servivorgirl. Just over 8 years ago I was diagnosed with advanced IIIC ovarian cancer. I recurred in January of 2012 and have recently rejoiced in N.E.D. via C.T. scan. My numbers have risen slightly but I worry not. I have chronic serious side effects from long term treatment and have adapted to a new normal. I remain on maintenance Avastin.
I pray daily. My praise is to God for His love keeps me whole. Amen.
Earlier this week Dr. Heidi Gray, a gynecologic oncologist at SCCA, was interviewed on KIXI’s Chat With Women about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer has been long thought to be a silent killer whose symptoms are non-existent. Dr. Gray, however, points out that most women who have ovarian cancer do have symptoms, it’s just that they are “vague” and often confused with something else. In the interview Dr. Gray spells out what women should watch for and also speaks to treatment options for patients who have been diagnosed with ovarian and other gynecologic cancers. You can listen to Dr. Gray’s interview here (it’s in the “Chat With Women 04-23-13” archive—Dr. Gray’s segment starts at 32:00 minutes).
For more information about the symptoms and risk factors for ovarian cancer, see the SCCA website.