September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month, we are working to spread awareness and education about the five main types of gynecologic cancers:
- Ovarian Cancer
- Uterine/ Endometrial Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Vulvar Cancer
- Vaginal Cancer
Unfortunately, there is no cure for these cancers, but with the help of research and supporters, we are working to learn more about the causes, treatments and possible cures for these diseases. The Foundation for Women’s Cancer offers support and resources for patients, survivors and their families. Here are some success stories from the Sisterhood of Survivorship.
Patients with Gynecologic Cancers Who Survived
Women all over the world suffer from the different types of gynecologic cancers. However, because there are so many successful cancer treatment centers like Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care, there are specialists who work to make survivors out of patients. Check out some of the women who’ve survived gynecologic cancer and shared their story with the world.
Kathleen is a patient who encourages women to listen to their bodies. She noticed unusual symptoms in her body and argued to see a gynecologic oncologist to test for cancer. Kathleen suffered from heavy bloating and extreme gas pressure that was making her uncomfortable. She also kept getting chronic bladder infections and heavy irregular bleeding—symptoms she feared could be ovarian cancer.
After much arguing with her general practitioner, Kathleen saw a gynecologic oncologist, and they diagnosed her of fallopian tube cancer, which is very rare. She underwent a year of surgeries and chemotherapy and finally became cancer-free at 49. Through the telling of her story, she encourages women to listen to their bodies when it seems like something is going on.
Camille is the third generation of women in her family who’ve been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. Her grandmother was diagnosed with endometrial cancer and her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After her grandmother and mother’s diagnoses, Camille decided to go in for a cancer screening, where she tested positive for Lynch Syndrome. After that, she decided to go back and get tested every year, which allowed her to catch her cancer early on. Camille herself was also diagnosed with endometrial cancer.
After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, Camille finally survived cancer. Now, she is a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills and works to be an advocate for Gynecologic Cancer Awareness.
Dena is a six- year survivor of vulvar cancer. She was one of her doctor’s youngest cancer patients, and at the onset of her cancer diagnosis, he said he would be surprised if she lived another four to five years. Instead of letting that discourage her, Dena made the choice to work hard to prove her doctor wrong. She underwent surgeries that helped her to kick cancer. Now, she speaks publicly to share her story with other women and encourage them to be warriors.
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The team at Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care works daily to treat patients with gynecologic and colon cancers. Learn more about your possible risk by getting a cancer screening. Catching cancer early and knowing your risk is the first step of living a full, healthy life.