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My journey as a writer began as a child. I wrote poems and short stories which were my way of dealing with various life changing events. 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. My first book is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received two awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. My second book is a novel Novy's Son, about one man's attempt to find love and acceptance from his father. This is an all too common problem in our society. My third book, Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is about the love affair between this great American sculptor and his model. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2017.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

OVARIAN CANCER 2017 NEWS

The bad news for 2017 is that the number of us that will be diagnosed remains about 22,000 in U.S. alone and 220,000 worldwide. 

              The survival rate for 5 years has changed very little in the past 40 years. There will be14,240 women in U.S. and 144,000 worldwide deaths from this 5th leading cause of deaths in women.


Pharmaceutical:
The good news for 2017 is the continued approval and significant effectiveness of Avastin.

            "With today’s approval of Avastin plus chemotherapy, women in the U.S. with recurrent, platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer now have a treatment option that showed a survival difference of more than five months compared to chemotherapy alone in a clinical trial,” said Sandra Horning, M.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development.


Immunotherapy:
Current immunotherapies for ovarian cancer fall into six broad categories: monoclonal antibodies; checkpoint inhibitors and immune modulators; therapeutic vaccines; adoptive T cell transfer; oncolytic viruses; and adjuvant immunotherapies. Most of these therapies are still in early-phase testing (phase I and II) for ovarian cancer, but their successful use in other types of cancers suggests that they may ultimately prove useful for ovarian cancer as well. - See more at: http://www.cancerresearch.org/cancer-immunotherapy/impacting-all-cancers/ovarian-cancer#sthash.Y6plxu7W.dpuf


EARLY DETECTION IS IMPORTANT
A new version of a screening test for ovarian cancer may reduce deaths from the disease, but it needs more study to determine whether the benefits hold up, researchers reported on Thursday.
The findings come from a 14-year study of more than 200,000 women in Britain, published in The Lancet.
“We need to follow up to confirm that this is absolutely significant throughout,” said Dr. Usha Menon, an author of the Lancet article and head of the gynecological cancer center at University College London. She said, “This is almost there, but not yet.”
Her reason for caution was that the study passed only two of three tests of statistical significance, which means that the apparent benefits of screening might have been due to chance. She said a few more years of monitoring the participants would resolve that question.

OVARIAN CANCER CAN AFFECT ANY FEMALE:



Happy New Year! We are a little late, but Emme has been so busy celebrating the holidays. She had a fantastic Christmas! She was able to spend time with a lot of family, and had a blast playing with some of her cousins! It is so great to see her being so active and feeling well. She is still doing great post surgery. She is gaining weight like a champ, and is stronger than ever! As of December 30, Emme has been in remission (NED) from her Ovarian cancer for ONE YEAR!!! That i...
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This sweet angel is an exception to the rule. Most women are diagnosed in their mid-50's, but unfortunately there are growing numbers of teenagers and women from 20-40 years.
Read about Brandi Maxiell, wife of Orlando Magic basketball player who was diagnosed at the young age of 24. 
http://www.lifeandstylemag.com/posts/basketball-wives-la-s-brandi-maxiell-opens-up-about-ovarian-cancer-diagnosis-aged-24-i-couldn-t-look-at-myself-35931



SIGNS OF OVARIAN CANCER CAN WHISPER, SO
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY & ACT ON ANY SYMPTOMS THAT LAST MORE THAN TWO WEEKS

    *Abdominal or pelvic pain
    *Back pain
    *Unusual vaginal discharges
    *Painful intercourse
    *Changes in bowels or urinary habits
    *Changes in appetite (suddenly feeling full)
    *Bloating
    *Fatigue

PLEASE watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ndsguyDufM

It is only through education and awareness of women, physicians, nurses, and health care workers that we can one day see a reduction in the late stage diagnoses and an increase in longevity. 
Please help by forwarding this blog to everyone on your email list. It is through knowledge that we gain power over cancer.

**Please note on the right side of my blog there is now an antidote for "Let's find cures together." At various times I will be alerting the reader of this blog about various health concerns and information. This is a new service I am proud and happy to provide.

1 comment:

Danielle Martin said...

This is a great write up, I was also a victim, having ovarian cancer for many years.Trying to conceive was so hard. My difficulty was not only getting pregnant, but keeping the pregnancy. I occasionally had reoccurring bouts with dysfunctional uterine bleeding due to a lot of complications. I even came close to having a hysterectomy, but due to future/possible complications, I refused. I learned about some herbs mixture prepared by Dr. Jose and that was my breakthrough to a long standing problem. I already gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, very healthy, happy, and bright. I forgot to mention that my non-existent sex drive returned within just a few weeks of starting the herbs, this was a pleasant surprise. If interested and ready to give a try, write to my doctor joseherbals28@gmail.com