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

Joanne Singer

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Personal Description:

My younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and after her lumpectomy, her doctor suggested she get genetic testing (our mother died from breast cancer). After she tested positive for BRCA1, I got tested. I tested positive and had prophylactic surgery to remove my ovaries in Nov 2006. I was quite shocked to learn I had Stage IA, High Grade Ovarian Cancer. My sister literally saved my life!

I underwent chemo and was in remission until September 2008. I diligently got my blood test CA125 and when the numbers got higher than normal, I was proactive in getting more testing. At my annual check up with my surgeon, I underwent a PET/CT and learned the cancer returned.

It has been 4 weeks since my second surgery and I am blessed that the tumor was localized. I start chemo tomorrow and am just so thankful to God that again, I caught the problem early.

We need to think of ovarian cancer as a chronic illness and just take each day as if comes. I am fortunate that I found the tumors so early (Stage IA) and I hope and pray that the research finds successful early detection tests.

Last updated on: 01/27/2009


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