Entries Tagged "Ovarian Cancer"

Risk factors of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is notorious for late-stage diagnoses because the symptoms usually don’t show until the cancer is advanced. The reason for the silent symptoms is unknown, but this makes knowing the risk factors even more important.

A “risk factor” for developing cancer can be an environmental, genetic, biological or habitual aspect of your life that increases the likelihood of a cancer diagnosis. Research shows that several factors can increase a woman’s likelihood of developing ovarian cancer...

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Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted September 13, 2011

Avoid late-stage diagnosis by knowing the signs of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer can be hard to identify, but knowing the symptoms is the first step in preventing a late-stage diagnosis. Because a woman’s ovaries are located deep within the body, symptoms can be difficult to recognize.

Here is a list of possible signs and symptoms...


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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted September 19, 2011

Rhonda Slavkovsky lives with an uninvited guest, ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer doesn’t knock politely on the door. It barges in, without invitation.

Such was the case for Rhonda Slavkovsky when it invaded her life in 2009. She went to see her gynecologist as part of a regular exam, already knowing something wasn’t quite right – she’d been losing weight and feeling tired for months. After explaining her symptoms, her doctor ordered an ultrasound, which revealed a 28-centimeter tumor (comparable to the size of a Nerf football) on her right ovary and two golf ball-sized tumors on her left.

Slavkovsky was then diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted September 22, 2011

Genetic testing, surgeries, contraceptives can reduce ovarian cancer risk

During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, our posts have informed women of risk factors and taught the warning signs to prevent late-stage diagnosis. The final post of the series provides information about three possible methods of preventing or reducing risk of the disease.

According to research, the longer you use oral contraceptives (birth control pills), the less risk you have of ovarian cancer...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted September 26, 2011

Believers give back: In honor of a loved one, gift baskets donated to chemo patients

To honor her sister, Barbara Glasenapp, who passed from ovarian cancer only six weeks ago, Linda Berg donated thirty handmade gift baskets to chemo patients.  

Berg, a retired third-grade teacher, enjoys making baskets to give as gifts for her friends and relatives. Her daughter, Darcy Westbrooks, had the idea to turn her mother’s hobby into a way to cheer up patients going through chemotherapy at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. Inspired by her daughter’s “Baskets of Hope” idea, Berg realized, “People get lollipops after they visit the doctor’s office, so why not get something after a chemo treatment?”

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted December 7, 2011

Jane Baumgart copes with ovarian cancer, “Quilts of Hope” will live on

When diagnosed with ovarian cancer last April, Jane Baumgart was given one to two years to live. A wife, mother and nurse, she copes with the prognosis and lives each day to the fullest.

KVAL News visited her at home and followed her through an appointment at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute with Medical Oncologist Peter Kovach. Watch the full story below.

To learn about her project, "Quilts of Hope," read The Register-Guard's article and watch the video story here...

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By Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted February 13, 2012

Take action against ovarian cancer

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the ninth most common cancer among women.

To learn more about how to reduce your risk or catch it early, when it's most treatable, read our three-part series...

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By Nikki Thaut, WVCI Practice Administrator

Posted September 4, 2012

Soroptimists’ 20th annual Walk to Live supports women with cancer

The Soroptimist International clubs of Eugene, Emerald Empire and Junction City will hold their 20th annual Walk to Live at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Maurie Jacobs Park.

All money raised during the event supports the Soroptimist Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Assistance Fund, which helps women in Lane County who have received a breast cancer or gynecologic cancer diagnosis...

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By Gretchen Matsuoka, oncology care manager

Posted September 4, 2012

Yes, there are signs, symptoms of ovarian cancer

Historically, ovarian cancer has been referred to as a "silent killer" because it was thought there were no symptoms until the disease had spread throughout a woman's pelvis and abdomen. But studies have determined otherwise. Women can have symptoms of ovarian cancer that, if caught early, can greatly alter the long-term prognosis of the cancer.

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By Charles Anderson, MD

Posted May 15, 2014