Our Way Forward, created by TESARO, Inc. with input from the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), is a call-to-action that encourages ovarian cancer patients, their loved ones and healthcare providers to rethink how they talk about advanced ovarian cancer and ways to partner together to navigate the physical and emotional challenges that the disease brings.
TESARO is committed to offering resources to educate, empower and support those affected by ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States1. Oftentimes, ovarian cancer symptoms can be difficult to detect and unfortunately, recurrence is likely for advanced ovarian
Ovarian cancer is
cause of cancer death in American women.1
are projected to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually - many of whom will be diagnosed with advanced disease.2
with advanced ovarian cancer will recur after treatment.3
With each subsequent treatment with a platinum-based chemotherapy regimen, progression-free survival generally gets shorter and response rates get progressively smaller.4
will die of ovarian cancer in 2017.5
1. Ovarian Cancer Statistics. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ovarian/statistics/. Accessed May 9, 2017.
2. Cancer Facts and Figures. American Cancer Society.
https://www.cancer.org/research/cancer-facts-statistics/all-cancer-facts-figures/cancerfacts-figures-2017.html.Accessed May 9, 2017.
3. Lorusso D, Mancini M, Di Rocco R, Fontanelli R, Raspagliesi F. The role of secondary surgery in recurrent ovarian cancer [published online August
5, 2012]. Int J Surg Oncol. 2012;2012:613980. doi:10.1155/2012/613980.
4. Luvero D, Milani A, and Ledermann JA. Treatment options in recurrent ovarian cancer: latest evidence and clinical potential. Ther Adv Med Oncol.
5. A Snapshot of Ovarian Cancer. National Cancer Institute. https://www.cancer.gov/research/progress/snapshots/ovarian. Accessed May 9, 2017.
For Nancy, telling her three young kids about her ovarian cancer diagnosis was one of the hardest things she’s had to do as a parent. Read on to see how she shared this difficult news with them, and how they reacted when her cancer returned eight years later.