Episode 189: Ovarian Cancer with Michele Collins

Michele Collins is a dedicated mom, school psychologist, and advocate for ovarian cancer awareness and research. Michele shares her powerful personal journey, having been diagnosed with Stage 2B High Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer at the age of 39, despite lacking any risk factors or genetic mutations. She bravely underwent a radical hysterectomy and six cycles of chemotherapy at MSK, and for the past four years, she has been in remission. Michele's passion for raising awareness and advocating for ovarian cancer becomes evident as she volunteers with SHARE's Pink and Teal program, delivering informative talks about ovarian cancer and advocacy in corporate workplaces. Despite being considered a rare disease, more than 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually, and Michele's mission is to educate women about the disease's signs and symptoms, enabling early detection and, ultimately, reducing the mortality rate. Michele highlights the valuable resources and support available at www.sharecancersupport.org for women seeking information and the latest research on ovarian cancer. This inspiring episode sheds light on the importance of awareness, early diagnosis, and the potential to save lives through advocacy and education.

Topics in this episode:

  • Discussing Michele's personal journey with ovarian cancer.
  • Understanding ovarian cancer, the symptoms, and how to get a diagnosis.
  • Discussing the risk factors and causes of ovarian cancer.
  • Sharing the different methods of treatment for ovarian cancer and tips for managing it.
  • Discussing what the future may look like in terms of new research and changes in practice.