Through competitive fishing, ovarian cancer survivor uses sport to shed light on silent disease

When Rhonda Reeve, 53, isn’t working full-time as a CPA, she’s with her husband, Jay, on their fishing boat competing in tournaments across the U.S. as professional tournament anglers. But life hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Rhonda. In 2015, Rhonda began to experience subtle, yet alarming symptoms — severe bloating, pelvic pain, ovary pain … Continue reading Through competitive fishing, ovarian cancer survivor uses sport to shed light on silent disease

Breaking down recommendation to discontinue routine pelvic exams

News this week that routine annual pelvic exams for healthy women may not be necessary is undoubtedly causing confusion for women across the country. As The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday: The routine pelvic exam endured by healthy women at their physician’s office is a yearly ritual that frequently produces pain, anxiety and embarrassment … Continue reading Breaking down recommendation to discontinue routine pelvic exams

WATCH: Explaining the Reasons Behind Angelina Jolie’s Decision

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Did you hear the news about Angelina Jolie? She recently announced in the New York Times that she tested positive for the BRCA-1 genetic mutation which dramatically increases her risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. Given that information, she … Continue reading WATCH: Explaining the Reasons Behind Angelina Jolie’s Decision

Ovarian Cancer: Why Specialized Care is Important

Common sense says that patients with ovarian cancer treated by doctors who are specially trained to care for them, at hospitals that do large numbers of ovarian cancer surgeries, have better outcomes. Ovarian cancer is a complex, life threatening disease in which initial treatment has a huge impact on survival. This is true for both patients … Continue reading Ovarian Cancer: Why Specialized Care is Important

Ovarian Cancer’s Vulnerability Exposed: Clinical Trial Offers New Hope

Targeted therapy for ovarian cancer has been an elusive goal for researchers for many years because ovarian cancer is a heterogeneous disease, exhibiting a plethora of genetic alterations. In a small percentage of patients, the cancer is found to be hereditary. In these patients, mutations in the BRCA gene lead to an increased risk of ovarian, … Continue reading Ovarian Cancer’s Vulnerability Exposed: Clinical Trial Offers New Hope