Category Archives: Ovarian Cancer

Exciting News for Women with Newly Diagnosed Ovarian Cancer


We’re excited to share results of three recent studies that provide hope for women with newly diagnosed ovarian cancer. The studies, reported at the annual meeting of the European Society of Medical Oncology and two of which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine recently, show that three different types of PARP inhibitors […]

How Genetic Testing Helped Our Family Navigate Breast and Ovarian Cancer

My mother-in-law, Marcia, was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38. Her older sister had been treated for breast cancer a few years before, so Marcia knew what to expect. Medicine had not yet linked genetics to cancer risk.   Years later, science discovered the BRCA gene mutation and its link to breast […]

Meet a Survivor: Allisa Mensin

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The Rivkin Center fosters an ever-growing community of survivors, patients, researchers, clinicians, advocates, and supporters — all working together in the fight against ovarian and breast cancer. Meet Allisa, an ovarian cancer survivor and SummeRun participant. ABOUT ALLISA Where are you from? Born in Seattle and raised in Burien Where do you live now/what does […]

Meet an Instructor: Sarena Perez

The Rivkin Center’s Education Program The Rivkin Center’s education program provides free health education workshops. Instructors educate women about their breast and ovarian health and cancer risks. Say hello to Sarena Perez, one of our instructors and an ovarian cancer survivor. ABOUT SARENA Where are you from? Sacramento, CA Where do you live now/what does […]

Meet a Facilitator: Julie Duggan

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The Rivkin Center’s Education Program The Rivkin Center’s education program provides free health education workshops. Facilitators are cancer survivors who share their story in an effort to educate women about their breast and ovarian health and cancer risks. Say hello to Julie Duggan! About Julie Where are you from? Bellevue, WA Where do you live now/what […]

2019 SummeRun & Walk for Ovarian Cancer

More than 2,000 participants joined us at the SummeRun & Walk for Ovarian Cancer on Sunday, July 14th — helping raise awareness and funds for critical ovarian cancer research and education. We are so grateful for the support of the community at this inspirational event every year, and this one did not disappoint! Sachia Powell […]

The Rivkin Center Awards $1.455M in Ovarian Cancer Research Grants

Seattle, WA: The Rivkin Center, a Seattle-based 501(c)(3), announced that they have awarded $1.455 million in ovarian cancer research grants to sixteen scientists across the globe. The amount funded was nearly a 20% increase over last year. The Rivkin Center’s unique approach to funding provides researchers leverage to access larger pots of federal funds for […]

FDA Approves Olaparib for Frontline Maintenance Therapy for Ovarian Cancer


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 […]

Can aspirin prevent ovarian cancer?


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


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 […]