Ovarian Cancer Game Changer

A Quebec cancer researcher may have made a real game changing discovery for women's health. Dr. Lucy Gilbert believes ovarian cancer can be detected more quickly and treated more successfully.



Part Two of The Current

Ovarian Cancer - Game Changer

We started this segment with a clip from Elisabeth Ross, the Chief Executive Officer of Ovarian Cancer Canada. She's referring to a potential gamechanger in the fight against ovarian cancer.

Her organization says 26-hundred Canadian women are diagnosed with the disease every year. Almost two-thirds will die. But if ovarian cancer is caught early, the survival rate increases to 90 percent. Unfortunately however, it's unusual for ovarian cancer to be detected early.

Today as part of our Game Changer project, we're taking a look at new research and diagnostic testing that may give more women longer lives. A pilot project in Montreal is helping women get tested at the first signs of trouble. It's called Diagnosing Ovarian Cancer Early,or DOVE. Last week it was announced that the program is opening 12 new satellite clinics in Montreal. Dr. Lucy Gilbert is the director of gynecologic oncology at the McGill University Health Centre. She is leading the project. She joined us from Montreal. And Carol Prigineiro is a patient at the DOVE Clinic in Montreal. Her cancer was detected early, and she has undergone treatment.

This half hour was produced by Montreal Network Producer, Susan McKenzie and Sarah Buck.

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Well tomorrow is Valentine's Day but love can be fraught with complications -- and young love, even more so. Last week, we brought you Chris' story. He was a teenage father who gave up twins for adoption but was haunted by the emptiness it left in him. Years later he tried to connect with his now-grown children -- but to this day, his letter has not been acknowledged. That prompted many to write, we shared Sarah Lawless of Kaslo, BC thoughts on this.

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