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Tribute to Sean
Sean PatrickOn January 20, 2009, our dear friend Sean Patrick succumbed to ovarian cancer after a battle of more than 12 years. She fought the disease personally, as well as for all women. Sean travelled nationwide to seek the best care, latest treatments and most progressive ovarian cancer research. It was Seanís wish to share her knowledge and experience to improve the lives of other women afflicted with this disease. This led to our meeting and was the inspiration for the website.

Sean wanted to empower women to take control of their health, and raise support to provide funding for the brightest young scientific minds conducting out-of-the-box cancer research, and to directly assist patients. She established the HERA Foundation to meet these needs, and raise awareness and visibility of ovarian cancer in the general community.

Seanís brave fight and commitment to help others has been an inspiration to me and to the many others whose lives she has touched. We at Johns Hopkins are committed to continue her vision and keep fighting this disease.

Sean Patrick Richard Roden, PhD

On behalf of the Ovarian Cancer Research Group at Johns Hopkins Medicine

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CA 125: Get the Facts
A helpful question and answer session about this test and how it can be more accurate. read more

Ovarian Cancer Has Symptoms ~ Even Early Stage Disease
New studies confirm what ovarian cancer survivors have said for years. Since the symptoms are primarily gastrointestinal and not pelvic, the early warning signs are often missed by women and their doctors. Pass this information on and help save lives.

Two Biggest Choices to Make When Facing Surgery for Possible Ovarian Cancer
Who and Where for surgery are extremely important to long-term outcome.Read more

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Photo of Lana Last September our family's world fell apart when our Aunt LANA was diagnosed first with breast cancer.   she had a huge lymph node under her arm so she was taken in three weeks later to have her left breast removed (little time to recover from that surgery) and they found spots on her ovaries so she was back in 2 weeks later for another surgery.   which I understood once they opened her up it was too much so they closed her back up.
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