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Ovarian Cancer Research That Sets Us Apart

Among gynecologic cancers, ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death in the United States. Vague symptoms and the lack of a diagnostic test make innovative research and awareness education vital to turning fear into knowledge; devastation into passion; and tough odds into improved outcomes.

The Ovarian Cancer Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to researching this “too often” devastating cancer. The research conducted at the Ovarian Cancer Institute funded laboratory focuses on accurate diagnostics and improved therapeutics to change the future for women suffering from ovarian cancer. Please join us in our quest to change the odds and save more lives!

Can Men Develop Ovarian Cancer?

Worry not—no, men cannot have ovarian cancer. However, their suffering from an ovarian cancer diagnosis of the woman in their lives is REAL. Men, too, endure the pain of learning their wife, mother, sister, etc. has ovarian cancer. They research online for weeks about the disease, soak in the latest cancer news, attend doctor appointments, and experience exciting highs and gut-wrenching lows. It’s a roller coaster ride that so many women and men go through, yet the men are often overlooked. Why is this? Obviously, men do not deal with nausea, fatigue, and hair loss like many ovarian cancer patients. Though they do not physically suffer, they should not be ignored in the ovarian cancer journey. Men often talk about their feelings of helplessness—there is nothing they can do or say; or what they are doing is not enough. Men confess that they would prefer to take the place of their loved one—taking the pain, suffering, and anguish on themselves. This “feeling of helplessness” can be heartbreaking and frustrating. In fact, men play a very important role acting as chauffeurs, therapists, in-home nurses, cancer news aficionados, and personal support groups. They are amazingly strong and it is important that we, as a community, recognize and salute those men who give everything for their “Teal Magnolia” survivor, as we lovingly call them at the Ovarian Cancer Institute. So, how do I show the man in my life—my “battle buddy” against ovarian cancer—my gratitude? Great question. Simple. Sit them down, look them in the eye and give them a hug followed by, “Thank you for everything you’ve done, are doing, and... read more

What’s an Ovarianerd?

“Ovarianerds:” noun ; people who are dedicated to, and care a ridiculous amount about,  ovaries. Wow, did we just say that?  Yes, we did.  As uncomfortable as the word might seem to others, in our world, “ovaries” are the focus, and accordingly, the topic of regular (all) discussion.  We like ovaries.  In fact, we LOVE them.  Some might say that we’re fanatics about ovaries.  That’s probably true.  Perhaps even more interesting to us, however, are the women to whom they belong.  If you’re a woman, that’s you.  For our female staff and researchers, that’s us too.  Because roughly half of the world’s population is comprised of women, and ovaries (among other features of women) are unique to the female gender, we at the Ovarian Cancer Institute think that they’re a pretty big deal. And because you’re either a woman, you were birthed by one, you’re married to one, or because you’re a sibling, father, brother, friend or co-worker to one, we think that ovaries are a pretty big deal to you as well, whether you already knew that, or you’re just now easing into that realization. J However you got here, we’re glad you’re here, and we’re glad that you love ovaries (now) too! Because we love ovaries so much, we exceptionally dislike (read: hate) ovarian cancer.   In the United States alone, more than 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed annually. That statistic makes us neither warm nor fuzzy, but instead, it really bothers us.  Considered in light of the fact that it is often discovered in the last stages, and the battle against it long and... read more

Teal Magnolias, June 13

For the last year and a half, I’ve met many women with ovarian cancer — all with very similar but unique stories. They graciously open up to me about their chemotherapy, battles with depression, post-procedure discomfort, how wonderful their husbands are during the process, how horrible their husbands are during the process, and so much more. The theme that I keep hearing from each woman is the need for education, hope, love, and simply something that brightens their day. I took many months to brainstorm what OCI could possibly do to provide all those things at once and finally came up with the idea of Teal Magnolias. Now, I cannot take all the credit. This has evolved with the help of many who are now serving on the Teal Magnolias committee. Teal Magnolias is a free event that is designed to serve many purposes: pamper, educate, shop, and memorialize – all while having fun. Let’s take this piece by piece. The pamper part includes makeup artists who will provide makeovers and give you tips on leading trends, and massage therapists who will soothe your body (and maybe even your soul!). Northside Hospital’s team, genetic counselors, various medical staff, medical businesses, and organic lifestyle companies will be on hand to help with education. We will have vendors selling jewelry, accessories, etc., and the event will feature a fashion show given by Chico’s. There’s even talk about a photo booth. Lastly, we want to include surviving family members and friends who would like to honor those who’ve gone before us. A memorial quilt will feature squares signed by attendees with special... read more

Upcoming Events

22oct6:00 pm- 9:00 pmBvlgariShop to Give Back6:00 pm - 9:00 pm BulgariOCI Events:External Event,Fundraiser
29oct7:00 pm- 9:00 pmFree Seminar by Dr. BenignoA Modern Approach to Ovarian Cancer: What Every FAMILY Must Know7:00 pm - 9:00 pm B'nai TorahEvent Organized By: Ovarian Cancer InstituteOCI Events:Advocacy,Speaking Engagement
2nov8:00 am- 2:00 pmSigma Nu Annual Golf Tournament8:00 am - 2:00 pm Indian Hills Country ClubOCI Events:External Event
5nov6:00 pm- 9:00 pmTeal to HealA survivor fashion show6:00 pm - 9:00 pm TOOTSIESEvent Organized By: Ovarian Cancer Institute | GOCAOCI Events:External Event,Fundraiser

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