For Women with Gynecologic Cancer
by Stephanie V. Blank, MD, FACOG
A cancer diagnosis is naturally unsettling, evoking a wide range of emotions. Because talking about gynecologic organs is still practically taboo for so many women, a below-the-belt cancer diagnosis can be even more distressing. Studies consistently demonstrate that many women are reluctant to even ask their doctor questions about gynecologic cancer testing, risk factors, and genetic predisposition, much less discuss potential symptoms.
Real Housewife and Endometrial Cancer Survivor Camille Grammer
Camille Grammer, best known for her role as a “housewife” on the Bravo reality series Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, is a third-generation gynecologic cancer survivor. Now, she is on a crusade to raise awareness about gynecologic cancers by encouraging all women to “Love Your Lady Parts.”
My Parent Has Cancer
by Marc Silver and Maya Silver
You’re a teen, and your mom or dad was just diagnosed with cancer. You may be scared, sad, mad, nervous. And if one of your first thoughts is Who’s going to drive me to my friend’s house after school, don’t feel guilty. That’s a perfectly normal teenage concern. But things won’t exactly be normal as the months of treatment go on. You’ll need to find ways to cope.
Drug Combination May Be Highly Effective in Treating Recurrent Ovarian Cancer
Research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 50th Annual Meeting suggests that the use of a combination drug therapy can provide significant improvement in women who have recurrent ovarian cancer.
When Fear Pushes You, Push Back
What if you could overcome your fears? What would you do, and how different would your life be?
“Most people have no idea what they’re capable of; I think they’re almost trained by fear to not attempt the amazing things they dream of. But I’m living proof – if you can overcome fear, you can overcome almost anything,”says Jay Platt, whose feats include swimming across the Mississippi River while handcuffed, shackled, and blindfolded.
Society of Gynecologic Oncology Releases List of Commonly Used Tests and Treatments to Question
The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) has released a list of specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary in gynecologic oncology as part of Choosing Wisely®, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation. The list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary.
Dealing with “Cancer PTSD”
by Joanna Montgomery
From the time I was diagnosed with cancer, an invisible countdown clock started ticking in the back of my head. I was told I’d need 24 rounds of chemotherapy to eradicate the cancer inside me. So from the very beginning, I thought of my life in terms of how many treatments I had left. Three treatments down, twenty-one to go.
Twelve down, twelve remaining.
Communicating with Your Doctor after an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis
by Stephanie V. Blank, MD
Every doctor can write a prescription, but not every doctor is an expert at communication. It is much easier to teach anatomy and pathology than it is to teach the best way to tell a woman she has ovarian cancer. And while many physicians are born with the skills and social sense necessary to properly deliver news like this, just as many are not.