Ovarian Cancer – Dr. Jori Carter – CBS6 Working for Your Health


– [Announcer] CBS 6,
working for your health. Sponsored by HCA Virginia. – [Newsman] While ovarian
cancer is not very common, it’s recurrence rate of the chance of it coming back after treatment is high. And unfortunately, ovarian cancer is usually not detected
until the late stages. But, newer treatment options are helping give women hope in fighting the disease. Our Tracy Sears is working for your health. – [Jane] Nothing
debilitating, which is great. – [Newswoman] Jane Hanes thought she had cancer beat in 2014. In September of 2013,
she was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer. – [Jane] You’re only
hoping to be one and done. I really thought that the first treatment would do it, and we’d
be done with everything. – [Newswoman] But two years later, Jane’s cancer came back. – [Jane] Pretty devastating,
but I had a feeling. You just have a sense that things aren’t quite right with your body. – [Newswoman] According to
the national cancer institute, around seventy percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer
will have a recurrence. One of the biggest factors
determining risk of recurrence, is the stage of the cancer at diagnosis. – [Doctor] I do want people to know that there are a lot of
women who are living well. Either with recurrence and on therapy, or who have been cured of ovarian cancer. And there is hope. Jori Carter is a gynocologic oncologist. She says, “When it comes
to recurrent cancer, there’s a variety of treatments, including chemotherapy, targeted
therapy, surgery, or radiation. New drugs that target
ovarian cancer cells, such as parp inhibitors, are also showing promise in maintenance
therapy after treatment. – [Doctor] We know that about half of women who are diagnosed
with ovarian cancer are alive five years
after their diagnosis. And so, this is not just a death sentence. – [Newswoman] Jane opted
for six more rounds of chemotherapy, and
then a parp inhibitor. But recently, she went off the medication because of side effects. – I feel like it was the
right decision for me, kind of like I lost a
security blanket a little bit, and anxious to get my next CT, which will be, will be in October. – [Newswoman] Since the spring, Jane has felt back to herself
and hopeful for the future. – [Jane] Just have to
think positive and Hope it all works out. – Attacking ovarian cancer
could be very difficult, most symptoms don’t appear
until the late stages of the disease. That’s why it’s so important to visit your doctor for annual exams, and report any symptoms such as bloating or swelling, pelvic pain, or any changes in bathroom habits that persist over time. Working for your health, I’m Tracy Sears.

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