Sylvester opens new Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Clinic
“In July 2013, Ivanna Vidal learned she carried a mutation in one of her genes, the BRCA2 gene, that increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. About a year later, she was found to have a mass in her right ovary just months after an ovarian cancer screening came back negative.
Last month, during what she thought would be a preventative surgery to remove her ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus, the mass in her ovary was biopsied. Doctors diagnosed her with advanced-stage ovarian cancer.
The diagnosis didn’t devastate her, though. She recently sat up in bed at UM’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami, eagerly sharing her story, even after a fourth round of chemotherapy. Vidal was one of the patients at Sylvester’s newly opened Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Clinic.
The clinic wants to identify women at a high risk for developing ovarian cancer by screening family and personal cancer histories and to provide preventive strategies to the women. Vidal, 41, for example, has an extensive family history of breast cancer, but not ovarian cancer.”