From the 2012 Ovarian Cancer Survivor's Course in September these facts were presented. First, roughly about 60 to 70% of patients have advanced (metastatic) disease at diagnosis. Secondly, surgery and platinum-based chemotherapy are effective at producing clinical remission for 75% or more of patients. Finally, roughly 2/3 of patients in remission relapse with disease within 5 years, and require multiple ongoing interventions. These facts make it all the more imperative to encourage women (and some physicians) to respond to the body's subtle warning signs. In Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, the subtle symptoms and risk factors are discussed. Proceeds from the sales of the book go to ovarian cancer research.
So I believe that just from the medical perspective, to give women the best chance to survive ovarian cancer is two-fold. One, get an early diagnosis by responding to the symptoms; and two, have an gynecologic-oncologist surgeon do the necessary surgery and provide the chemotherapy regimen. Recognizing the symptoms is such an important, yet difficult, key; therefore, I ask you, my blog readers, to talk to the women in your lives about this cancer's whispering symptoms.
- Karen Ingalls
- My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.