More Research is Needed to Prevent Late-Stage Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer


A gynecologic-oncology clinical nurse specialist and one of this year’s CURE Ovarian Cancer Heroes discussed the lack of resources for patients with ovarian cancer and the need for more research.

Of the many challenges facing patients with ovarian cancer, one of the biggest is late-stage or delayed diagnosis due to the disease’s subtle signs and symptoms, according to Paula Anastasia RN, MN, AOCN.

At CURE’s Ovarian Cancer Heroes event, Anastasia — one of this year’s winners who works at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA – discussed some of the resources that are lacking for patients with ovarian cancer.

“It is unfortunately one of the most fatal (forms of cancer) because it is diagnosed in the late stages,” said Anastasia, who has been a gynecologic-oncology clinical nurse specialist for more than 25 years. “The reason is there is not enough information on the signs and symptoms.”

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