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FDA Approves Olaparib for Frontline Maintenance Therapy for Ovarian Cancer

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The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) made an exciting announcement this week with the first approval for PARP inhibitors to be used for patients following their initial diagnosis and treatment to reduce the risk of recurrence. The FDA approved the use of the PARP inhibitor olaparib (Lynparza®) for frontline maintenance therapy for advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian […]

CanCan at the University of Washington: Generously sponsored by the Kirwin Hinton Family

The world changed for Bobbie Hinton when her mother, Colleen Kirwin, lost her eight-year battle with ovarian cancer in 2011. Four years later, Bobbie herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. Bobbie and her husband, Dave, are inspired by the work of the Rivkin Center and its fight against two devastating diseases for women: breast cancer […]

Meet a CanCan Instructor and Facilitator: Helen Chen

The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer’s CanCan program provides free health education workshops across the west coast. CanCan facilitators share their cancer journey with CanCan party attendees and help educate women on ovarian and breast health, while CanCan instructors educate women about their breast and ovarian health and cancer risks. Say hello to Helen Chen, CanCan […]

Meet a CanCan Ambassador: Jessica Woods

The Rivkin Center’s CanCan Program The Rivkin Center’s CanCan program provides free health education workshops. CanCan campus ambassadors are the feet-on-the-ground Rivkin Center representatives at universities across the west coast, helping set up workshops, identify opportunities to reach more students, and so much more. Say hello to Jessica Woods, CanCan ambassador at Arizona State University. […]

7 tips for making the most of your annual wellness visit

We get it; your annual wellness exam is an appointment you’re eager to rush through. Even so, it is an important step in prevention and early detection of cancer and a time with your doctor that you should take advantage of. Here are seven tips to ensure you’re advocating for your health — and three […]

Can aspirin prevent ovarian cancer?

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You may have read in recent news that a new research study found that daily, low-dose aspirin may lower a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. So does that mean you should start — or change — your aspirin regimen? Dr. Nora Disis, our Medical and Scientific Director and the Director of the University of […]

Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer: What you need to know

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What is hereditary breast and ovarian cancer? 10-15% of ovarian cancer and 5-10% of breast cancer are hereditary. To kick off October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re going to dive into a lesser-discussed topic that bridges the gap between ovarian and breast cancer: hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC). Many people have a general […]

Because of You: A thank you letter from an ovarian cancer survivor

My story In January 2017, I went in for my annual gynecological exam. During the exam, my gynecologist noted that my uterus seemed enlarged and, suspecting that I had fibroids, sent me for an ultrasound. While having the ultrasound I watched the monitor trying to decipher the gray blobs I saw, wondering how I’d fit […]

Meet a CanCan Instructor: Lauren Grabowski

The Rivkin Center’s CanCan Program The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer’s CanCan program provides free health education workshops. CanCan instructors educate women about their breast and ovarian health and cancer risks. Say hello to Lauren Grabowski, CanCan instructor.   About Lauren Where are you from? Vacaville, California (Cowtown!) Where do you live now and what […]

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