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.
What Do You Need to Know About Ovarian and Breast Cancer Risk?
In the wake of Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she carries a genetic mutation linked to breast and ovarian cancers, thousands of women are wondering whether they are at risk. To address their concerns, four women’s health organizations have joined together to provide essential information about risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Common Diabetes Drug May Help Treat Ovarian Cancer
A new study suggests that the common diabetes medication metformin may be considered for use in the prevention or treatment of ovarian cancer. Published in CANCER, a journal of the American Cancer Society, the study found that women with ovarian cancer who took the drug tended to live longer than those who did not take it.
Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology Debuts Survivorship Toolkit
As cancer survival rates improve, there is an increasing need for simple, user-friendly resources that help survivors document their care and plan for life after cancer. To fill the void for this type of information for survivors of gynecologic cancers, the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology is making available to patients and doctors a set of gynecologic cancer survivorship tools beginning in September, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.
Fighting Ovarian Cancer
by Andrew Berchuck, MD
Every year 22,000 women in the United States will be newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer. More women are living as survivors because therapy can significantly prolong life and, in some cases, cure the disease. For women facing a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, the options for treatment have grown in recent years.