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Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer Patient Stories

Alexandrea Amerine

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Alexandrea Amerine

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

I’ve always been a relatively healthy person. I’m 46 years old and have never had any major health concerns. That’s why I wasn’t too worried at first when I noticed a somewhat unusual protrusion from my abdomen. I assumed I had just gained some weight and told myself I needed to get on top of it. It wasn’t until my annual OBGYN appointment that I found out it was much more serious than that.

Christin Repas

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Christin Repas

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

In 2001 at the age of 18, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a hormonal disorder common among women. I handled it over the years with birth control and eventually an IUD, but in 2014 things started to change. My periods became unpredictable. I was feeling different and bleeding much worse than I ever had before. I knew something was going on and during that time, I saw many different OBGYNs, but oftentimes their response was, “You have PCOS, this is the expected.” But I knew my body and I knew this wasn’t normal for me.

Jennifer Nemcik

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Jennifer Nemcik

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

I work as a nurse in the operating room at Fox Chase Cancer Center, so I know how important it is to get specialized care for a cancer diagnosis. A few years ago, my husband and I had decided to start a family. After some time, nothing was happening and since I was getting close to my mid-thirties, we decided to seek fertility treatment. During a routine ultrasound at my first appointment, they found a cyst about the size of a softball on my ovary.

Karen Applegate

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Karen Applegate

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

I felt sick and thought that I had stomach problems, so I spoke to a gastroenterologist. He ordered an ultrasound, and after reading the results he recommended that I go to Fox Chase. I was fortunate to get an appointment at Fox Chase the following week. The surgical oncologist ordered an MRI right away. He said I needed surgery.

Melissa "Missy" Light Dougherty

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Melissa "Missy" Light Dougherty

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

"During my treatment, some friends asked why I was willing to travel so far to Fox Chase. I explained that you just have to know the place and people to know why it is worth it."

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