Defeating Ovarian Cancer

September is Ovarian Cancer awareness month, a cancer that just a few years ago seemed unbeatable. But cutting edge advances in treatment are transforming ovarian cancer from a death sentence to a disease that women can beat.

Four years ago, Angie DeWilfond of moline, Illinois, was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. “I was distraught,” says the 41-year-old. “I couldn’t bear the thought of not being around to raise my kids.” She underwent surgery and chemo twice; both times, the cancer came back. Then in November 2010 she enrolled in a clinical trial of a new class of drugs called PARP inhibitors. Amazingly, blood tests now show that her tumor markers have dropped to the normal range.

“If the drug continues to work, I could survive on it for a very long time,” DeWilfond marvels.

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