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Hissy_Fitz
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Just got a reply to my email, regarding the Dr Oz show on ovarian cancer. The Associate Producer says it will air May 26th.

Carlene

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jbeans888
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Thanks for posting the day. That is awesome I was wondering when it was going to be on.

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azgrandma
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thanks for letting us know are you going to be on the show

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No, I wasn't willing to stay an extra two nights in Manhattan for the taping. The hotels are crazy expensive this time of year. And I don't really have the story they are showcasing. The show is about symptoms, and features women who were diagnosed early because they recognized the symptoms.

Interestingly enough, Dr Sabbantini and I talked about this last week. I said I thought Dr Oz was mischaracterizing many of us, because it's not that we ignored the symptoms, we simply did not have any until we were stage III or IV. He agreed with me. During his years as a PCP, he never diagnosed a case of OC because he never had a patient present with symptoms of the disease.

Carlene

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I'm sorry to hear that this is his focus. However he does seem to focus on simplifying issues to make everything seem manageable so as to dispel people's fears. He certainly builds his following in being so reassuring but life is never quite so simple or issues so obvious. I was being followed regularly by an oncologist who just told me lose weight, get in shape with my increasing abdomen putting it down to midlife spread. A couple of months after a visit/exam an ultrasound described my uterus size as that of a 14 week pregnancy - due to polyps and blood clots. Two years later, just a month after another 'everything's great visit, labs, exam, I started down the path to find source of what was Stage IV, grade 3 UPSC. And we're supposed to easily recognize our disease??? At the time I was a busy executive who regularly ran with a trail running club, biked, and golfed - not exactly an out-of-shape couch potato, lol, to explain my issues.
Annie

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azgrandma
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It is so sad that most of us here were not aware of the symptoms until it had advanced. Had i known the sypmtoms maybe mine could have been caught earlier.

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Dr. Oz is a cardiologist. I wouldn't expect him to be diagnosing ovarian cancer.

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Annie
I had NO symptoms and had regular yearly vaginal u/sounds to check my ovaries as my mother died of ovca at 57 10 years ago. Luckily my stage 11c ovca was pick up at my last visit in June last year - who knows when i would have been diagnosed otherwise!
I was fit, slim and active at the time of diagnosis aged 45......
Michelle x

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ErinC
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I'm sorry that you feel that way. My mother will be on this particular episode of Dr. Oz as she was diagnosed with Stage 1c ovarian cancer in Nov. 2009. (Watch for her, her name is Tammy!) Anyway, she was able to catch the disease early because we watched Dr. Oz and knew the symptoms. It helped save her life. Just because everyone doesn't have the symptoms doesn't mean that shows like Dr. Oz's aren't extremely valuable.

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whose ov/ca is diagnosed in early stages but it seems the norm for most of us is that we didn't get symptoms until the cancer was quite advanced. I notice most women on the board were dianosed as Stage IIIc as I was. We want ovarian cancer talked about. I have emailed Dr. Oz and Oprah a couple of times hoping to get more attention paid to this killer. When we heard about this show it was exciting but then to hear of the specific focus was kind of a let down. We are all in this together and want the same things: early diagnosis and a CURE!

Karen

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Thanks for the date we can all be watching and maybe give him our responses on how the signs may be so suttle that even the doctors wouldn't recognize them.

TeaLurker
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When I read that the Dr. Oz show was looking for "ovarian cancer survivors who recognized early warning signs', my knee-jerk reaction was, 'Short show (snort).'

Sure, we're supposed to be grateful for any publicity/awareness, but I wonder who is served if the only result is to frighten every woman who retains a little water.

My fantasy show would emphasize that what is really needed is money in the budget -- funding to help develop a simple, reliable (i.e., not CA-125) test...

Maybe I'm (along with the Mayo "you'll likely have no symptoms at all" Clinic) just ignorant. Maybe the show will be crammed with 1000s of women who had warning signs, and called their docs to say, "Fire up the PET scanner!"

Or something.

/end snark and de-lurk

(Don't mind me: I'm just jealous because my first clue was a tumor rupturing.)

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Wouldn't it be nice if medical doctors learned the early warning signs of ovarian cancer? Frankly, I know if I had seen my former gynecologist (where I used to live) with my symptoms, he would have run a CA-125 and diagnosed the problem the first day I saw him. Unfortunately, I was misdiagnosed by three doctors before my persistence resulted in a diagnosis...3 months later.

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