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)


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Heather McCollum


Diagnosis: Epithelial ovarian cancer, stage 2C. Also diagnosed with uterine cancer 1A at 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
Status: Remission

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Jodi Smith


Diagnosis: Epithelial ovarian cancer, Stage 4 (IV)
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
Status: Remission

Maurissa Mitchem

Diagnosis: Low-Grade Serous
Cancer details: Slow-growing cancer type
1st Symptoms: Pressure on bladder, throbbing pain, could feel growth on right side of abdominal area
Treatment: 5 surgeries (official diagnosis after 3rd)
Status: On aromatase inhibitor (estrogen reduction), follow-up every 3 months