We are on a mission to support women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, to educate, advocate, and raise awareness.

At this time, many women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have advanced disease and require prolonged medical treatment. We would like to see this change so that fewer women have advanced disease and that all women have the availability of support and access to information as needed.

We are working to expand public awareness of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer in an effort to contribute to the early detection of this deadly disease, and by doing so, save lives. It could be you, your mother, sister, wife, daughter. Every woman is at risk and it is important that all women are educated about ovarian cancer.

You do not have to go through your journey with ovarian cancer alone. CT Women of Hope is here to answer your questions and link you with valuable resources in your community.  We will provide basic needs, gift baskets, and holiday food baskets and gifts for ovarian cancer families in need.

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Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
For years, women have known that ovarian cancer was not the silent killer it was said to be. Over the past decade, science has confirmed what women have long known: ovarian cancer has symptoms.

Women treated by gynecologic oncologists live longer.Women with ovarian cancer report that symptoms are persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies. The frequency and/or number of such symptoms are key factors in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Several studies show that even early stage ovarian cancer can produce these symptoms.

Pelvic or abdominal pain
Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)
See your doctor, preferably a gynecologist, if you have these symptoms more than 12 times during the course of one month and the symptoms are new or unusual for you.
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Basic Ovarian Cancer Facts

Types of Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is the growth of abnormal malignant cells that begins in the ovaries (women’s reproductive glands that produce eggs) or in the fallopian tubes. There are three types of ovarian cancer: epithelial ovarian cancer, germ cell cancer and stromal cell cancer. The most common type is epithelial ovarian cancer.

Risk Factors for Ovarian Cancer
A few factors affect a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer:

Childbirth: Not giving birth to a child raises a woman’s risk.
Family history
Genes: A mutation in the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 are responsible for about 10 to 15 percent of all ovarian cancers. If you’ve already been diagnosed with high grade-epithelial ovarian cancer, you should receive genetic testing to determine if you carry mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, since this may open up more treatment options to you. Click here to learn more about genetic testing.
Use of post-menopausal hormone therapy (HRT)
READ MORE about risk for ovarian cancer

Ovarian Cancer Signs and Symptoms
The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

Pain in the lower belly
Feeling full quickly or having trouble eating
Having to pee more often or more urgently
READ MORE about other signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer

Ovarian Cancer Screening and Diagnosis
There are no tests that can screen for ovarian cancer. PAP smears, mammograms or colonoscopies cannot detect ovarian cancer.

If you experience and report symptoms, your doctor will perform a pelvic/rectal exam to feel any abnormalities on the ovaries or surrounding area. They may later perform a transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, and/or a CA-125 blood test.

CA-125 is high in approximately 80 percent of women with advanced stage epithelial ovarian cancer. For more information on the CA-125 blood test, click here.

However, surgery is the only way to confirm a diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Ovarian Cancer Survival
When caught early, ovarian cancer can be effectively treated and the less likely the cancer is to return. However, because most women are diagnosed in later stages, recurrence is more likely, but it is hard to predict who will recur.

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer estimates that about 15% of women will survive more than 10 years after being diagnosed with an advanced-stage ovarian cancer. These women may or may not develop recurrence.

The five-year survival rate for a patient whose surgeon was a gynecologic oncologist is significantly increased.