OCRF & Ovarian Cancer National Alliance are now one strong, united, inspiring voice!
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) have led the way in advocacy, research and support for patients and their families for over 22 years. As of January 2016, we are pleased to announce we are joining together to form Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. Read the exciting news!


Survivor Stories / Tributes

Ann McCarthy

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Personal Description:

I too am a woman that was not diagnosed correctly. My GP treated me for bladder infection w/ out even looking at me. When I went back to him he sent me to a Urologist who in turn prescribed a medication for incontinence,without doing an examination. It was three months later when I went back to the GP and told him that something is wrong. There is a tumor. He didn’t seem at all concerned because I had continued to exercise 5 times a week and only complained of pain when I was laying on my stomach and it hurt to my back. We then did a cat scan which showed a tumor and had the tumor removed w/ in one week. The tumor was the size of a soccer ball!! I had one lymph node removed also, and then chemo after. One year after my last chemo I was again re-diagnosed. The CA125 is not a marker that I can use, because both times I was diagnosed, my CA125 was never above 11. I have had a second surgery and I am now receiving chemo. I am very passionate about being an advocate for ovarian cancer. I have never had so many of my questions answered with “I don’t know”, or “we are just not sure” or ” there isn’t enough research on it”. We have to beat this, to give women answers so they can in turn select avenues, and options that are best for them.

Last updated on: 01/26/2009


That’s going to make things a lot eaiser from here on out.

Stone Stone – 11/08/2011

A piece of erudition uinkle any other!

Twiggy Twiggy – 01/24/2012

Got it! Thanks a lot again for helnipg me out!

Vinnie Vinnie – 01/24/2012