Ovarian Cancer

I was diagnosed with cancer on August 27, 2015. Now, as a survivor, every August 27 I remember and give thanks for all the people who helped me that day and in the ensuing years. This year, I added some people I’ve never even met to my gratitude list.

Ovarian cancer is the second most common type of gynecological cancer, but it is also the most lethal because it is usually detected at later stages when it is more difficult to treat, which is why early detection is so important.

Not necessarily. Elevated CA-125 (a protein in the blood that’s associated with ovarian cancer) is most often caused by common, ordinary or benign conditions such as uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis — or even just having your period.

We asked some of Roswell Park’s doctors who specialize in cancers that affect women to share some tips for preventing or treating cancer. Here’s what they offered.

Three years ago, on my 55th birthday, I got a lousy present. I was running with two friends, and I just didn’t feel right. I’ve been a runner most of my adult life, and as a runner, you know your body pretty well.

A team of Roswell Park researchers that includes an ambitious high school student has given women everywhere another good reason to eat their veggies.

By studying similarities in high-risk individuals and tracing connections between their blood relatives, researchers are helping solve the mysteries of a disease that is usually diagnosed in the late stages, when it is harder to treat. Understanding who is at risk — and why — “could fuel new ways to prevent and treat ovarian cancer."
One reason this finding is so exciting is that we can now focus on the X chromosome to find the gene mutations that put women at higher risk of ovarian cancer and men at higher risk of testicular cancer.
Ovarian cancer is a relatively rare but deadly cancer.
Comorbidity is common among cancer patients. As cancer becomes more of a chronic condition, patients are likely to experience at least one additional disease throughout their cancer journey. But some comorbid conditions are more harmful than others.

We have heard lots of information lately about talcum powder use and the risk of ovarian cancer.

“Initially, ovarian cancer, melanoma, and some sarcomas are the three main targets,” says Dr. Koya, “but the clinical trial is open for patients with other cancers who meet the eligibility requirements."