With few clear warning signs, ovarian cancer frequently evades detection until it’s too late. Only about half of the patients diagnosed with it survive more than five years. OCRA Survivors Teaching Students program, winner of the 2018 President’s Award, takes a unique approach in making a difference. Disease survivors visit medical education programs to share their experience — including stories of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship — to educate medical students in how to spot ovarian cancer. In 2018, the network of survivors trained more than 13,000 healthcare professionals — an increase of almost 20% over 2017.
For more remarkable stories from the 2019 Winners of the Cancer Community Awards, visit our Heroes of Cancer Care collection.