Talk About It

Talk About It

This weekend marked my 3rd cancerversary. I’m pretty excited that I am stable at 3 years with late stage ovarian cancer. Every year, I go back and read the blog I started when I was first diagnosed. As I was going through that exercise, it occurred to me, this might...
Research Update

Research Update

The research update below was reported by our Chief Research Officer, Dr. John McDonald. OCI Progress Report 2016-2017 Thanks for this opportunity to summarize our progress over the past year (2016-2017). Our research focuses on both improved diagnostics and...
In Memory of Ian Guy Walker

In Memory of Ian Guy Walker

Last month, the Ovarian Cancer Institute suffered a sudden, unexpected, and devastating loss. Ian Walker was our Chairman of the Board, our top fundraiser, and an integral part of all that we do. We asked Dr. Benedict Benigno, OCI’s founder and CEO, to say a few words...
World Ovarian Cancer Day

World Ovarian Cancer Day

It’s May, and for anyone with ovarian cancer, May 8th is a special day. In 2013, May 8th was declared World Ovarian Cancer Day. On this day, ovarian cancer organizations from around the world united to educate their communities about ovarian cancer and its...
Genetic Testing: Myth vs Fact

Genetic Testing: Myth vs Fact

In 2013, Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, largely based on the results of genetic testing, and the world started talking about BRCA genes. While awareness is good, education is better – getting the RIGHT information to the RIGHT people. I had genetic...
Self Care (for the real life cancer patient)

Self Care (for the real life cancer patient)

Ok. Let’s imagine that YOU have cancer. You find a good doc, show up for treatments and fight through the side effects.  But what else do you do? How would you take care of yourself? Are you imagining heathy meals, daily exercise and meditation? Lots of green...
The Loving Caregiver

The Loving Caregiver

You know what we don’t talk about enough? Caregivers. Because listen, none of us would be where we are without them. So today, a big shout-out to all of you. I recently interviewed 3 caregivers. Dick, Dara and Dana. Nope, I didn’t choose just people with D names. That...
New Year, New View

New Year, New View

I think as long as it’s January, we can still say Happy New Year so Happy New Year!   I don’t know about you, but for me, the holidays can be difficult in so many ways. You see people you haven’t seen in a while, which leads to a lot of cancer talk. The food is...
Healthy Holiday Eating

Healthy Holiday Eating

Below is a guest-post written by Penny Daugherty, RN, MS, OCN and Oncology Nurse Navigator at Northside Hospital. A diagnosis of cancer catapults you as patients and caregivers into emotional chaos as well as an instant feeling of loss of control over your lives.  You...

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