In this Expert Connections series, Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, revisits her conversations and treatment decision-making with her patient, Michelle Berke, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014. Topics include surgery, chemotherapy, genetic testing, recurrence, and side effects. Michelle shares her experiences with therapy.
▼ Episode 1 Recognizing Ovarian Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Michelle Berke talks with Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, about the symptoms she experienced leading up to her ovarian cancer diagnosis. Dr. Secord provides guidance on the signs and symptoms that women should not ignore.
► Episode 2 Ovarian Cancer: Initial Conversations About Surgery
Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, revisits her initial conversations about surgery and chemotherapy with her patient, Michelle Berke, following Michelle’s ovarian cancer diagnosis. They also discuss decisions regarding maintenance therapy.
► Episode 5 Talking About Recurrence Risk in Ovarian Cancer
Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, discusses the risk of recurrence of ovarian cancer with her patient, Michelle Berke. Dr Secord also explains how BRCA mutations play a role in the disease course and how she determines the best treatment option once cancer recurs.
► Episode 7 PARP Inhibitors: Deciding Among the Available Agents
Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, reviews the available poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors and their approved indications and explains why she recommended rucaparib to her patient, Michelle Berke.