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Facing Ovarian Cancer: A Woman's Guide

Facing Ovarian Cancer: A Woman's Guide

Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer death in women. Roughly one in every hundred women will develop the disease, which usually occurs in women over the age of 45, though it can occur in younger women as well. Known as a 'silent killer' because its symptoms may be vague and non-specific, it is often not diagnosed until it's too late for effective treatment. At present there are no reliable tests for the disease the best defense is awareness, and that's where this film comes in.

This ground-breaking program is designed for women who have just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, for their families and friends, and for the physicians and nurses who work with them. It will also be invaluable for everyone who wants information about the disease and its course and symptoms. It includes candid interviews with leading gynecological oncologists, nurses, psychologists, and social workers, as well as a range of women who are living with ovarian cancer and tell it like it is. The program's highly practical chapters include an overview of ovarian cancer, recognizing the symptoms, seeking a diagnosis, prognosis of the illness, treatment options, surgery, coping with chemo, hair loss and self-image, care and support, follow-up care and recurrence, and getting on with life.

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