Come behind the scenes and meet the wonderful models of our powerful ovarian cancer awareness generation campaign.
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.