Come behind the scenes and meet the wonderful models of our powerful ovarian cancer awareness generation campaign.
Pam was diagnosed with Stage IIIA ovarian cancer in 2006. She's been through multiple rounds of treatment since then, is now in thirteenth year post-diagnosis and living life to the full. Pam has seen changes in attitudes to ovarian cancer over the years, and wants to make sure that other women know that you can still enjoy life after a diagnosis.
Dr Alison Wint, a GP in South Gloucestershire and clinical lead for cancer in her local area, believes that awareness of symptoms and early diagnosis of all cancers is crucial. Now a member of Target Ovarian Cancer's GP advisory panel, Dr Wint discusses her experience as a practising GP and her thoughts on the challenges of an ovarian cancer diagnosis.
During Pauline's ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment, Pauline found support from Target Ovarian Cancer. Once she had finished treatment, she knew she wanted to give something back. She decided to start fundraising and raising awareness of the disease, and her family soon followed suit.
Rob's mum passed away after an ovarian cancer diagnosis, and he struggled to come to terms with her late diagnosis and what else could have been done. He decided to channel his grief into something positive, and began to raise money and awareness. He has since done station collections, community events and several marathons.
Dee was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after she noticed a lump in her left hand side. After undergoing chemotherapy, she was able to access Avastin, one of the handful of newer treatments available. She wants all women to have newer, better treatment options.
Alison was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 40. She went to the GP when she experienced mid-cycle bleeding and was told there was nothing to worry about – “all women get that”. Being a nurse, Alison knew that wasn’t the case and pushed to see a gynaecologist, and was later diagnosed with stage IC ovarian cancer.
During a trip to the gym, Helen noticed a lump in her tummy. After a series of tests, scans and procedures – including having over eight litres of fluid removed from her abdomen – Helen was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. Her cancer has recently come back, meaning it is incurable, but she remains extremely positive, and her sense of humour shines through.
Ivana was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015. She had been experiencing symptoms including bloating and feeling full more easily. Ivana initially believed her symptoms related to stress and IBS. However, when she noticed a lump on her tummy, she went to the GP.
Lisa was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 21 and studying abroad in Hawaii. After experiencing extreme tummy pains, she was referred to the only gynae consultant on the island, and was diagnosed with stage IC ovarian cancer after surgery. When Lisa returned home to Canada after her year abroad, the symptoms came back even more aggressively than before – this time with bloating and pain.
Dr Liz Moore is funded by Target Ovarian Cancer and is researching a new way to detect ovarian cancer in the blood, which could revolutionise the way the ovarian cancer is diagnosed.
Seema lost her mother Savarn Lata to ovarian cancer in 2015. Seema's mother was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer after being sent away from the GP’s office more than once. In the end the family took her for tests privately.
Vickie is a gynae cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist working with the Kent Oncology Service. She treats and supports women with all the gynae cancers – but is particularly passionate about ovarian cancer, and seeing that women get the best ovarian cancer support possible. Vickie is there for each moment of a person’s diagnosis and treatment – from telling someone about their diagnosis, to helping with the transition to palliative care.