Although ovarian cancer can be fatal, there are many women who have survived this dreaded disease. The survivor stories of women with ovarian cancer work to serve as motivation for many other women suffering from it.
In February 2003, Jan Pedersen used to feel pain in the abdominal area and also her back after a workout in the gym. A blood test for Ca-125 marker was conducted and it was confirmed that she had ovarian cancer. An ultrasound test confirmed the presence of tumor and fluid. She underwent an operation and the tumor along with the fluid was removed. Her cancer surgeon did not give her much hope and she was told that she may not last six months. She learnt about Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) where they have a team of professionals who cover every aspect of the body, mind and spirit to give hope, encouragement and strength. She was put on fractionated doses of chemotherapy along with proper diet, nutrition and supplements. This integrated approach has helped her a lot and has given her courage to fight her cancer. Now she has competed six years after ovarian cancer detection and she has become a full fledged member of the CCTA where she tries to provide encouragement to other patients who are undergoing treatment.
When she had gone for her annual gynecological exam at the age of 40, her doctor noticed some changes in the exam results and asked for more tests. She had not experienced any external symptoms other than she was feeling more tired usual. Those tests revealed a mass in the abdominal area. A surgery was conducted to remove the mass and it was benign. But during surgery the doctors noticed some abnormality with her ovaries and uterus. A hysterectomy was conducted and the cells were found cancerous. Her cancer surgeons did not give her any hope. She went through a high dose of chemotherapy. She used to feel sick for several days. She learnt about CTCA from her colleague. She visited CTCA and felt relieved that a team of doctors were available to talk to her and answer her questions and she experienced the holistic approach. She was put on high fractional dose chemotherapy along with nutrition and supplement support. The side effects were minor. She undergoes check up every six months and finds that things are fine. She has survived for more than 10 years.
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