Today is World Gynaecologic Oncology Day #WorldGODay – a day where patients and advocates around the world unite to raise awareness about all five gynaecological cancers (cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulval cancers) and their risk factors.
World GO Day aims to educate people worldwide about the importance of sharing information in relation to prevention, screening, symptoms, early diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological cancers.
As part of this awareness it’s been an honour to work with the Irish Society of Gynaecological Oncology on the ISGO Podcast series hosted by Dr. Doireann O’Leary.
This podcast series combines people’s personal experience with gynaecological cancers with the latest evidence based information from experts in their field. The aim is to educate, support and empower people living with, or working in, gynaecological oncology.
Episode 1: The Lived Experience of Genetic Testing. Krista tells her story of having preventative surgery after learning she had a BRCA gene mutation. Kat tells us about her experience of Ovarian and Endometrial (Uterine) cancers and Lynch Syndrome.
Episode 2: Ovarian Cancer and PARP Inhibitors: Dr. Dearbhaile Collins, Consultant Medical Oncologist explains medications called PARP Inhibitors, a recent breakthrough in ovarian cancer treatment. Jenny tells us of her experience of living with ovarian cancer and taking a PARP Inhibitor.
Episode 3: Redefining Palliative Care: Dr. Karie Dennehy and Dr. Miriam Colleran, Consultants in Palliative Medicine help us to understand their role and how they support patients and families. Anne shares her own experience of palliative care and ovarian cancer.
Symptoms of gynaecological cancer vary depending on the type of cancer.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below for 2 weeks or more please speak to your G.P.