Ovarian Cancer Stories from Patients and Survivors

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Ovarian Cancer Stories
Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

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.

The most common type is epithelial, comprising about 90% of ovarian cancer cases in the U.S. Less common types of ovarian tumors include ovarian germ cell tumors and ovarian low malignant potential tumors. (National Cancer Institute)

Explore below for in-depth ovarian cancer stories from our community members who share everything: first symptoms, treatment timeline, to navigating life with cancer.


Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer: Epithelial Stage 2C | Heather’s Story

Heather McCollum, Epithelial Ovarian Cancer, Stage 2



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
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Ovarian Cancer: Epithelial Stage 4 | Jodi’s Story

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
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Low-Grade Serous
Ovarian Cancer: Low Grade Serous, Stage 3 | Maurissa’s Story

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)
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Ovarian Cancer: Low Grade Serous, Stage 3C | Alisa’s Story

Alisa Manzelli, Low-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer



Cancer details:Makes up approximately 10% of cases of serous ovarian cancer
1st Symptoms:Occasional rectal pain, acid reflux, bloating, night sweats
Treatment: Debulking surgies, chemotherapy, immunotherapy
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Ovarian Cancer: Low Grade Serous, Stage 4B | Cheyann’s Story

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)
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High-Grade Serous
Ovarian Cancer: High-Grade Serous Carcinoma, Stage 3C, BRCA1+ | Shirley’s Story

Shirley Pattan, High-Grade Serous Carcinoma, Stage 3C, BRCA1+



Cancer details:Account for up to 70% of cases
1st Symptoms:Pulling sensation when emptying bladder; abdominal pain
Treatment: Chemotherapy (Carboplatin & Taxol), de-bulking surgery & PARP inhibitors
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Ovarian Cancer: Stage 3C, BRCA1+ | Suzann’s Story

Suzann Bedichek, High-Grade Serous Carcinoma, Stage 3C, BRCA1+



Cancer details:Account for up to 70% of cases
1st Symptoms:Inability to urinate
Treatment: Chemotherapy, de-bulking surgery & total hysterectomy
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Ovarian Cancer: High Grade, Stage 4, Metastatic | Susan’s Story

Susan Rienzo, High-Grade, Metastatic



Cancer details:Account for up to 70% of cases
1st Symptoms:Pulling sensation when emptying bladder; abdominal pain
Treatment: Chemotherapy (Carboplatin & Paclitaxel) & surgery
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Clear-Cell

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Germ Cell Tumors

Ovarian Cancer Stories: Germ Cell Tumor, Stage 3B | Gautami’s Story

Gautami Motupally, Germ Cell, Stage 3B



Cancer details: Pediatric case, diagnosed at 13
1st Symptoms:Swollen abdomen
Treatment: Surgery (to remove cyst and ovary), chemotherapy (Bleomycin, Carboplatin)
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