Ovarian Cancer Stories

Ovarian epithelial cancer, fallopian tube cancer, and primary peritoneal cancer form in the same kind of tissue and are treated in the same way. These cancers are often advanced at diagnosis. Less common types of ovarian tumors include ovarian germ cell tumors and ovarian low malignant potential tumors. (National Cancer Institute)


Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

Heather McCollum, Epithelial Ovarian Cancer, Stage 2C

Cancer Details: Also diagnosed w/uterine cancer 1A same time.
1st Symptoms: Extreme bloating, pinching pain in right side of abdomen, extreme fatigue
Treatment: Surgery (total hysterectomy), chemo (Taxol once a week for 18 week, Carboplatin every 3 weeks), concurrent clinical trial (Avastin) every 3 weeks

Jodi Smith, Epithelial Ovarian Cancer, Stage 4 (IV)

Cancer Details: Metastatic
1st Symptoms: Extreme bloating, extremely tight skin, changes in digestive tract, significant pelvic pain, sharp-shooting pains down inner thighs, extreme fatigue
Treatment: 4 rounds of chemotherapy, hysterectomy, 3 rounds of additional chemotherapy

Low Grade Serous

Maurissa Mitchem, Low-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer

Cancer details: Makes up approximately 10% of cases of serous ovarian cancer
1st Symptoms: Pressure on bladder, throbbing pain, could feel growth on right side of abdominal area
Treatment: 5 surgeries (official diagnosis after 3rd)

Cheyann Shaw, Low-Grade Serous Carcinoma, Stage 4B

Cancer details: Makes up approximately 10% of cases of serous ovarian cancer.
1st Symptoms:
Stomach pain, constipation, lump on right side above pubic area
Treatments:
Cancer debulking surgery, chemotherapy (Carboplatin & Taxol, then Doxil & Avastin)