Eye On Health: Ovarian Cancer

Eye On Health: Ovarian Cancer


THIS YEAR ALONE THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY ESTIMATED 22,000 WILLIAM WHAT WOMEN WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH OVARIAN CANCER. IN THIS MORNING’S ION HEALTH, A DOCTOR AND A CANCER SURVIVOR HERE TO TALK ABOUT THOSE METHODS. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. DETECTION IS THE FIRST STEP. IT IS HARD IN THIS CASE FOR OVARIAN CANCER, RIGHT? TALK IT IS HARD BECAUSE SO MANY SYMPTOMS MIMIC OVARIAN CANCER, THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT A SILENT SYMPTOM, THAT’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO PAY ATTENTION TO SYMPTOMS. IF THEY PROCESS, FURTHER TESTING IS NECESSARY. AT THIS POINT THERE IS NO SCREENING TEST FOR OVARIAN CANCER LIKE THERE IS FOR BREAST CANCER, COLON CANCER AND CERVICAL CANCER . YOU WERE DIAGNOSED WITH OVARIAN CANCER IN YOU ARE IN REMISSION NOW. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS YOU NOTICED WAX I DID NOT NOTICE A LOT OF SYMPTOMS, LOOKING BACK IN HINDSIGHT. I CAN TELL YOU I DEFINITELY HAD SOME WEIGHT GAIN. THERE WERE THINGS I THOUGHT WERE JUST IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME. NIGHT SWEATS, I WAS ALSO MENOPAUSAL AT THE TIME. I WAS CONFUSED, NOT THINKING IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH OVARIAN CANCER BUT MORE WITH MENOPAUSE. AT ONE POINT YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD APPENDICITIS ? IT STARTED WITH THE PAIN INSIDE MY RIGHT HIP AND A COUPLE DAYS LATER I HAD EXCRUCIATING PAIN ACROSS MY ABDOMEN AND THAT’S WHAT MADE ME GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. WHEN YOU FOUND OUT THAT WAS THE CASE YOU HAD OVARIAN CANCER, WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? I CAN IMAGINE THAT WAS DEVASTATING. I HAD A GREAT SUPPORT SYSTEM AT HOME WITH MY SON AND MY COWORKERS AND MY CHURCH FAMILY. I MORE OR LESS TURNED IT OVER TO GOD AND TOLD HIM TO TELL ME WHERE TO BE AND I WOULD BE THERE. I WASN’T GOING TO WORRY ABOUT THE RESEARCH ON THE OTHER THINGS. I WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE MY DOCTOR. ABSOLUTELY, WE ARE SO GLAD YOU CAN SAY REMISSION NOW. I AGREE. AS FAR AS WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORDS OVARIAN CANCER, PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW, THAT IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE, THERE ARE NEW WAYS TO TREAT IT, EVEN THOUGH IT IS A VERY HEAVY THING TO GET THAT DIAGNOSIS, IT IS NOT WITHOUT HOPE. 15 TO 20 YEARS AGO IT WAS VERY DEVASTATING, NOW IN THE LAST 5 TO 10 YEARS WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF TREATMENTS. WE HAVE GOTTEN BETTER WITH SURGICAL REMOVAL, THAT WAS VERY IMPORTANT, TREATING WITH CHEMOTHERAPY INSIDE THE ABDOMEN WAS VERY IMPORTANT. MOST OF THE CLINICAL TRIAL SHOW A REALLY POSITIVE OUTCOME, USING MAINTENANCE TREATMENT, WE TREAT CANCER REALLY AGGRESSIVELY WITH SURGERY AND THEN AGGRESSIVE CHEMOTHERAPY AND THEN WE PLACE PATIENTS ON LOW DOSE TREATMENTS. THOSE LOW DOSE WE THINK WILL HELP PREVENT THE CANCER FROM COMING BACK AND ALSO HOPEFULLY HEAR MORE PATIENTS. CHARLOTTE IS COURAGEOUS, SHE HAS DONE GREAT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE TREATMENT. MIND, BODY, SOUL IS IMPORTANT. ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING THINGS WE HAD A CLINICAL TRIAL THAT YOU RECEIVED TREATMENT UP FRONT WHICH IS SURGERY AND CHEMOTHERAPY. AND THEN SHE IS RECEIVING AN ORAL DRUG A COMBINATION OF TWO DRUGS, YOUR HAIR CAN GROW BACK. YOU KNOW HOW THE PROFOUND SIDE EFFECTS FROM SOME CHEMOTHERAPIES. THEN YOU’RE STAYING ON AN ORAL DRUG FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. TAKING INITIAL TREATMENT FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS AND THEN LOW DOSE TREATMENTS FOR ABOUT THREE YEARS TO HOPEFULLY PREVENT THE CANCER FROM COMING BACK. IT IS AMAZING HOW TREATMENT HAS EVOLVED. IF YOU ARE A WOMAN AT HOME WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS YOU CAN LOOK FOR TO MAKE SURE THIS IS NOT HAPPENING TO YOU? BACK IF YOU HAVE PAIN THE WAY CHARLOTTE SAID SHE HAD PAIN AND HAD TO GO GET FOLLOW-UP. ANY TIME THERE IS ABNORMAL VAGINALLY BLEEDING OR POSTMENOPAUSAL BLEEDING YOU WANT TO LOOK AT THAT AS WELL. WHEN YOU START TO HAVE ABDOMINAL BLOATING, EAT A COUPLE BITES YOU FEEL KIND OF SICK TO YOUR STOMACH. THOUGH THE THINGS TO LOOK AT. TO ME THOSE ARE SOME OF THE MORE COMMON SYMPTOMS THAT WE SEE. BUT NOT EVERYBODY THAT HAS THOSE WILL HAVE OVARIAN CANCER. WE ALSO WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THERE IS AN EVENT COMING UP THAT SUPPORT SURVIVORS IN RESEARCH. TELL US ABOUT THAT? BACK NATIONAL OVARIAN CANCER COALITION HAS A CHAPTER HERE AT PITTSBURGH, THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A WALK I THINK SEPTEMBER 15 AT NORTH PARK. I THINK IT IS A GREAT EVENT BECAUSE I THINK IT GETS PATIENTS INVOLVED WITH THE PHYSICIANS OR NURSES GO. THEY CAN SEE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. WHEN YOU HAVE DIAGNOSED CANCER YOU FEEL ISOLATED. 22,000 PATIENTS PER YEAR THAT’S ABOUT 10% OF WHAT BREAST CANCER IS SO IT IS NOT AS COMMON. IT IS NICE TO GET PATIENTS IN THESE GROUPS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR EACH OTHER FOR THEM. STAND UP TO CANCER IS HAVING AN EVENT WITH PITTSBURGH PIRATES THIS SATURDAY WE HAVE A PATIENT OF OURS WITH OVARIAN CANCER, THROWING OUT THE FIRST PITCH. CHARLOTTE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE SHE HAS CANCER. SHE HAS IN REMISSION. THERE IS GREAT HOPE FOR PATIENTS WITH OVARIAN CANCER, GETTING TO THE RIGHT TREATMENTS AND MAKE SURE IT IS TAKEN CARE OF AGGRESSIVELY. WHAT A GREAT MESSAGE YOU TWO HAVE BROUGHT, ESPECIALLY CHARLOTTE YOU BEING HERE YOU WILL INSPIRE OTHER WOMEN. THAT IS FANTASTIC. YOU. KEEP WATCHING HERE ON OUR

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