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Ovarian Cancer Survivors and Stories

Rachel's Story

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 11 years ago during a Cesarean section when my daughter was born. The staff at Abington Memorial Hospital was fantastic, and I can't sing the praises of the amazing team of nurses and physicians enough. They saved my life. I wouldn't go anywhere else. I was a new mother, and I wanted to be aggressive in the treatment of my cancer. Dr. Hanjani was supportive and educated me, he explained my options, but allowed me to make my own decisions about my treatment. When I was going through my first round of chemotherapy, I spoke with Susan Nolte, the nurse practitioner and director of clinical research at the Hanjani Institute for Gynecologic Oncology, every day. She was incredibly available, supportive and helpful. When I was an inpatient on the oncology floor, the nurses were competent and sensitive. One of the nurses gave me a massage every time she was on duty. That helped so much.

Rachel from Wyncote, PA

Norma's Story

It has been sixteen and a half years since I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and the services I have received at Abington Memorial Hospital for gynecologic oncology have been excellent. Best of all - I'm alive! The nurses have been very caring, and the office staff is great. A lot of progress has been made in cancer care since I received my first treatments. There are anti-vomiting drugs now for chemotherapy patients, along with many new therapies. I think Dr. Hanjani has kept up-to-date with what's going on with me and with the latest treatments. He listens. I believe that I was probably one of the first to get intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy, which delivers chemotherapy directly into the abdomen. It was part of a study. Recently, this treatment has gotten attention in the news.

Norma from Willow Grove, PA

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