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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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