Ovarian Cancer Patient Stories

  • Vera James

    Vera James

    Ovarian Cancer

    At 72, Vera James keeps herself busy, and the spring of 2012 was especially so. She had her 50th college reunion to attend, a family cruise through the Panama Canal to enjoy and her usual home and garden work to keep after.  So when she noticed some issues with frequent urination, she didn’t pay much attention, attributing it to the normal aging process.  But on April 22 of that year, she woke up with a pronounced swelling between her rib cage and her naval.  Her doctor suspected a hernia, but urged her to get a CT scan and make an appointment with a surgeon quickly.

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  • Diane Kita

    Diane Kita

    In the fall of 2012, Diane Kita was experiencing vague digestive discomfort which eventually worsened into flu-like symptoms. After a CT scan, Diane was shocked to learn she most likely had ovarian cancer that had metastasized outside of her small and large intestines. She was planning to undergo treatment near her home, in Reading, PA, until her friends and family urged to her be seen at a comprehensive cancer center. Diane made an appointment with Fox Chase Cancer Center gynecologic oncologist Stephanie King, MD. That call may have changed her life. Read more »
  • Doris Kramer

    Doris Kramer

    Ovarian Cancer

    In 2000, Doris Kramer lost her husband and became a widow. She tried to remain positive with that challenge, just as she had with many others in her life - suffering a stroke, losing several family members, and confronting breast cancer. With her perpetually positive outlook, Doris always looks on the bright side of life, even when faced with ovarian cancer in September 2011 at the age of 86. 

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  • Crystal Lewis

    Crystal Lewis

    Ovarian Cancer

    In 2012, Crystal Lewis was experiencing heavy bleeding, a symptom she attributed to her fibroids. She underwent an ablation procedure in an attempt to alleviate her discomfort. Although it resulted in temporary relief, the symptoms returned. At her annual checkup in November, Crystal was in terrible pain. “I was touring private high schools with my daughter and could barely walk,” remembers Crystal, who followed her doctor’s advice and scheduled an ultrasound to determine how big the fibroids were. The ultrasound uncovered a cyst on her ovary.

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  • Karen Mason

    Karen Mason


    As an experienced nurse in New Jersey, Karen Mason spends her days on her feet taking care of patients. In early 2000, her gynecologist reported a normal PAP smear and clear mammogram. "I assumed I was heading into another healthy year," said Karen.

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