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Know your body.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Due to the commonality of ovarian cancer symptoms with so many other women’s health issues, it is important to know your body and push for proper diagnosis. Quat was shuffled around from emergency rooms to general practitioners to specialists before she was diagnosed (only because she was misdiagnosed (again) and they saw her tumor as they were removing her gallbladder). She was not overweight, generally healthy, and had no family history. Twice she was told it was stress and/or depression and went as far as taking antidepressants for a few days even after telling them that she did not feel at all stressed nor depressed. This is why it is important to know your body and be your own advocate. Be firm.

The following symptoms were experienced by Quatina for up to a year before she was diagnosed. They are the hallmarks of ovarian cancer and should be considered heavily if you have had them for 14 days of any month (does not have to be consecutive) or more. These symptoms are much more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than women in the general population:

Feeling full after a few bites

Pelvic/abdominal pain

Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

Bloating

Several other symptoms are commonly reported by women with ovarian cancer. These symptoms include:

Fatigue

Indigestion

Back pain

Pain with intercourse

Constipation

Menstrual irregularities

RISK FACTORS

It is important to note that an overwhelming majority of women who get ovarian cancer have no known risk factors. If you have any of the following, you may be at a higher risk for ovarian cancer:

A previous diagnosis of the breast, colon, rectum or uterus

Increasing age

Never having been pregnant

Family history of ovarian cancer

Inherited gene mutations (there are several companies that can test this – some of Quat’s family went to their practicing OB/GYNs to get tested, and some used MAGENTA – which is a service you can do through the mail. More info can be found HERE.)

CLINICAL TRIAL INFO

If you are searching for clinical trials, we found Sarah Cannon very useful. You can access their website here https://sarahcannon.com/clinical-trials/index.dot or send an email to asksarah@sarahcannon.com for information.

More clinical trial info can be found here:
https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/clinical-trials.html

https://clinicaltrials.gov/