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Ovarian Cancer Survivors Living Longer

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Lorna Cahn is an ovarian cancer survivor. She is among a growing number of women who are living longer with the disease. A recent study from Columbia University Medical Center shows women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are now 50% less likely to die from the disease than women diagnosed decades ago. 

“I know what was done for me and how my case was handled and I feel lucky.”

Dr. Jason Wright’s research looked at nearly 50,000 women with ovarian cancer from 1975 to 2011. 

“They’re living with the disease for longer and longer periods of time as we have new chemotherapies, new drugs, new ways to deliver drugs for ovarian cancer.”

When doctors discovered Lorna’s cancer, it had spread to other organs. 

“I didn’t want to talk to anybody, I wasn’t going anywhere, you know ‘cause you think you’re going to die.”

But after months of targeted chemotherapy, she’s recovered. 

“There is life after cancer.”

And while Lorna is not cured, she’s been cancer free for two years.

About 21,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015, according to the American Cancer Society, and about 14,000 women will die of the disease. 

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