National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death in women. This is largely because early ovarian cancer often has no symptoms.

When symptoms do appear, they tend to be associated with other conditions. These symptoms may include persistent bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and frequent urination. Knowing the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer can lead to early diagnosis and life-saving treatment.

Screening for ovarian cancer is difficult, but pelvic imaging and blood tests are currently the best tests for diagnosing ovarian cancer. Increasing age and a family history of the disease are the strongest risk factors.

Ovarian cancer is known as the deadliest gynecologic cancer in the US, given that it is not usually detected or diagnosed until it has reached advanced stages. But heavily pre-treated patients may have a new treatment option to extend their lives. Learn more about a recent study examining how Zejula (niraparib) prolongs life for patients with ovarian cancer who have already undergone four or more rounds of chemotherapy.

Many patients struggle with the side effects of gynecologic malignancies, including ovarian cancer. In our Recent Women’s Cancers issue, we shared the stories of some of these patients and explored what can be done to address them.

With more women living longer with ovarian cancer, it is increasingly being seen as a chronic disease. We recently took a closer look at how the evolving treatment landscape and the involvement of genetic testing are shaping the future of ovarian cancer.

Newly diagnosed? One expert shared her tips on how to deal with a new ovarian cancer diagnosis, including a list of questions to ask as active participants in one’s own care.

The practice of treating ovarian cancer largely through surgery is still an imperfect science. But a new ‘smart’ knife that helps surgeons distinguish healthy tissue from the tumor in real-time could change the landscape of surgical ovarian cancer treatment for the better.


BeFriend Cancer is a not for profit startup led by Viren Nagarkar, a budding medico practitioner from India.


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October 04 , 2020

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