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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer has earned a reputation as a silent killer because nearly three-quarters of those diagnosed don't have easily recognized symptoms, giving them less than a 20 percent chance of survival. But there are symptoms that are said to whisper, and when the disease is detected early, it is curable. Find out if you could be at risk as we examine symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

Guests

Patrick F. Timmins III, M.D.
In practice at Women's Cancer Care Associates in Albany.
 
Women's Cancer Care Associates
319 S. Manning Blvd., Suite 301
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 458-1390

Nicole D. Coluccio, M.D.
In practice with Upstate OB/Gyn Associates, P.C. in Albany.

Upstate OB/Gyn Associates, P.C.
1365 Washington Ave., Suite 302
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 489-4446

Diana Burns
Like so many women who've been affected by ovarian cancer, Diana Burns had no symptoms. A pap test in July of 2003 came back with atypical cells. She was diagnosed with stage 3-c ovarian cancer at the age of 46. Today, Diana is working to raise awareness of ovarian cancer through Caring Together, Northeastern New York Ovarian Cancer Support Network.

Andrea Annese-Como
In 2006, with her fortieth birthday around the corner, Andrea decided to challenge herself and took up running for the first time in her life. That’s when the whispers began: frequent urination when exercising, fatigue, spotting between periods and mild pain on her left side. She saw her gynecologist. After several tests, her symptoms were noted and she was told there was nothing to be concerned about. Her symptoms would fade for weeks and then return until--in March of 2007--while sprinting with her son, she was stuck by an alarming pain. The diagnosis: stage 2 ovarian cancer. Because Andrea had listened to the early signs of ovarian cancer, she only needed three radiation treatments.

Related Resources

• The American Cancer Society offers information on risk factors, prevention and treatment relating to ovarian cancer.

• The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance seeks to establish a coordinated national effort to place ovarian cancer education, policy and research issues prominently on the agendas of national policymakers and women's health care leaders.

• The National Cancer Institute offers a booklet detailing what you need to know about the most common type of ovarian cancer.

• The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition seeks to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer and is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

• The Women's Cancer Network of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation presents information on ovarian cancer facts, symptoms and evaluation, treatment, clinical trials and follow-up care.
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