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MIOCA Annual Meeting

All are welcomed to attend MIOCA's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 18.  Learn about what has been accomplished this year and planned for next year.  Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites - 2455 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.  7-9 PM.

Know Your Body: Women's Health Conference

The American Medical Women's Association at Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine presents Know Your Body: Women's Health Conference on Nov. 22 from 9am-12pm. This free conference is open to the public.  Attendees will hear from experts on various health issues, MIOCA SPEAK presenters, and OUWB medical students. For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Ovarian Cancer Support Groups

MIOCA funds professionally led groups in Ann Arbor & Grand Rapids

Ann Arbor  - Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 – 7:30 pm, at the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor .

Grand Rapids  - Meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 – 7:30pm at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids .

Ride for a Cure

“What can one individual do to help make a difference?” MIOCA supporter, Matt McEwen intends to find out by taking to the road this spring and summer, in memory of his late wife, Wendy McEwen. Riding across the US to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and funds for MIOCA, he will enroll Motorcycle Owners Associations Chapters nationwide, to focus attention on the critical need for early detection and better treatments. Because he “can’t just sit on the sidelines while we lose more women like Wendy to this deadly disease”, read about Matt's ride throughout the country here.

SPEAKing About Early Detection

Hearing personal accounts from ovarian cancer survivors helps put a “face” to the disease. It also illustrates the real life subtleties of its symptoms and the challenges of early detection. Based on this premise, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s nationwide educational program, Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives® , brings survivors into healthcare classrooms to share their diagnostic and treatment experiences. Inspired by this highly successful experiential program, SPEAK: Survivors Promoting Early Awareness and Knowledge  seeks to raise ovarian cancer awareness among all women in a similar manner.

See our event calendar  for all the upcoming SPEAK presentations. To educate our community about life saving symptom awareness, please schedule one for your group or organization, contact SPEAK coordinator Michelle Shepherd .

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Established in 2011, the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance promotes saving women’s lives through the early detection of ovarian cancer and improved treatment outcomes. In addition to community outreach and education, MIOCA provides advocacy, resources and support throughout Michigan.

MIOCA Announces Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Opportunity

To accomplish the significant goals of discovering an early detection test for ovarian cancer or developing improved treatments, researchers must be provided with the resources necessary to pursue innovative ideas.  

MIOCA is committed to collaborating with ovarian cancer researchers by allocating funds to support research here in the state of Michigan.  We are proud to announce the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant. 

Interested researchers can download the grant application here .

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Turn the Village Teal Video Shared by JoAnne Purtan

MIOCA's Turn the Village Teal event provided the opportunity for survivors and supporters to celebrate survival and pay tribute those women who have died from ovarian cancer.  MIOCA was honored to have WXYZ's JoAnne Purtan join us for the day.  JoAnne was inspired by what she saw and created this video of the event.

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Livonia "Civic Center" turned teal for September

Bringing awareness to ovarian cancer is one goal of Livonia resident Margaret Kapolnek's with the addition of some new, temporary decor at Livonia's Civic Center campus.

Teal ribbons, which have been going up in towns across the country for eight years, is a national awareness project done locally by the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, which places the ribbons in cities and townships all throughout Michigan during September.  To read entire article, click here

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MIOCA Turns the Village Teal to raise awareness - as seen on WXYZ

(WXYZ) - September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

Each year, the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance "Turns the Village Teal" to raise awareness about the disease.

MIOCA's president Pam Dahlmann and secretary Michelle Shepherd joined us on 7 Action News This Morning on 20 to talk about the effort.

You can watch the entire interview here

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Shake Your Teal Feather to fight ovarian cancer

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Grab those sneakers and bust out your teal clothing because next weekend is the Shake Your Teal Feather Fun Run/Walk to fight ovarian cancer.

The fundraiser, benefitting the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, is Saturday at 2 p.m. at the John Ball Park Zoo in Grand Rapids.

Organizer Drew Parker talked about the event and the need to become involved.  Listen to what Drew has to say about the event and why he works with others to create a great day for attendees.  Register now for Shake Your Teal Feathers!

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Locals turn Northville teal to raise awareness

Northville residents Terrie Karebian and Vicky Van Gorder have different stories in getting diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but they share the same battle to raise awareness and help others. To get the message out they kicked off Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month a little early and participated in the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance / Turn the Towns Teal (R) event by wrapping teal-colored ribbons on light poles around downtown Northville. “We want others to have a better understanding of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and its diagnosis,” said Karebian on Aug. 18 before placing the ribbons along Main and Center streets. “It’s important to us on a very personal level and that’s why we are here today to begin raising even more awareness.”  Read full article here .

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Calling all volunteers...Teal Ribbons coming to a neighborhood near you!

Once again MIOCA is partnering with Turn the Towns Teal to raise awareness during National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  Survivors and MIOCA supporters will be tying teal ribbons in many cities and towns across the state.  Pam Dahlmann, MIOCA president, states, "It is so important we make the most of this opportunity to educate and raise awareness of ovarian cancer.  For thirty days each year, we want a sea of teal."  The teal ribbons often provide a catalyst for conversation as people on the street ask for more information.  To tie ribbons in your area, please click here  to see the schedule and contact information.

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Webinar for Michigan Primary Care Asociation gets positive reviews

MIOCA is proud to have partnered with Dr. Carolyn Johnston, U of M gynecologic oncologist, and Ann Garvin, Michigan Dept of Community Health nurse consultant, on July 16 to educate primary care physicians about ovarian cancer.  The webinar received very positive reviews! Learn more about ovarian cancer by listening to the webinar .

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Oral Drug Combination May Be Highly Effective for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

Significant improvement with the use of a combination drug therapy for recurrent ovarian cancer was reported at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago. “Of particular note is the fact that both drugs used in this trial are in pill form and could offer an alternative to intravenous chemotherapy,” said Percy Ivy, M.D., associate chief of NCI’s Investigational Drug Branch.  Read more here

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SGO & AACR Research News

Two major scientific conferences, the Society for Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), recently completed revealing a wealth of scientific research news about ovarian cancer. Read a summary of the highlights here.

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Advocates' Hard Work Pays Off in Research Funding

The appropriation bill Congress recently passed for this fiscal year contains some good news for the ovarian cancer community. It allocates $20 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program - the amount the Alliance and our 6 MIOCA advocates requested from their legislators at Advocacy Day meetings last summer. CDC cancer control and awareness programs also received robust funding. Plus funding for both the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute--which typically fund around $100 million in ovarian cancer research yearly--will rise by around 3%.

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Altered Estrogen Metabolism and Ovarian Cancer

Eleanor Rogan, Ph.D., University of Nebraska College of Public Health, believes that epithelial ovarian cancer is initiated by an imbalance in estrogen metabolism. In a study funded by the U.S. Dept of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program, UNMC researchers suggest physicians might be able to predict ovarian cancer in the near future based on measuring this imbalance.

Read more here.

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Conflicts of BRCA Screening

While most survivors wonder why they developed ovarian cancer, for those who carry the BRCA genetic mutation, it helps to know there is a strong possibility this is the cause. Yet it raises many other questions and concerns for the future generations. Read more  about the questions, difficulties, and conflicts in areas such as Israel where the highest populations of these genetic mutations reside.

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Drug Quality and Security Act

Congress has approved the Drug Quality and Security Act and it’s now on its way to the White House for signature.  The Drug Quality Security Act means safer compounded drugs and greatly diminishes the risk of counterfeit drugs making it into our homes.  It establishes a system to track and regulate compounded drugs from manufacturing to distribution.  The Alliance has been working on this issue in a coalition led by Pew Charitable Trusts. More information here .

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Doxil Shortage, Again

The main supplier of Doxil has decided to close their plant and discontinue production of the drug. Johnson & Johnson, the distributor, said it therefore is likely the Doxil shortage will continue through the end of 2014.  Due to FDA approval process, it is doubtful that Johnson & Johnson will have a new supplier before the end of 2014.  More information for patients and families can be found here.

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Information to help determine new insurance coverage

Enrollment for the Health care Marketplaces opened on October 1st (with coverage starting January 2014).  The options for insurance for cancer patients can be overwhelming, so the Alliance created a checklist to help when researching coverage in the marketplaces. The Checklist was created with cancer patients' needs in mind to ensure all bases are covered when comparing health insurance plans.

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Spartan’s alum responds to Go Blue by raising funds to fight ovarian cancer

MSU Alumni Association Executive Director, Scott Westerman, issued a challenge to the Spartan faithful after “Go Blue” appeared over their stadium last Saturday. Saying the money spent on that flight could have been put to better use, he challenged Spartan's nationwide to exceed that amount in donations to the MIOCA .  Scott's wife, Colleen, is treated at University of Michigan Hospital for ovarian cancer, and he will challenge his counterpart at the UMAA to do the same, "Let's show the world what Leaders, Lifesavers and World Changers do".

The response has been tremendous. We are greatly appreciative of Scott & Colleen and everyone that has donated! We will use these funds to further our mission and help save women’s lives. Thank you from the MIOCA Board, volunteers, and all ovarian cancer survivors! ,

Some of the press: MLive , CBSSports , Detroit Free Press , MLive , ESPN , Fox News , Examiner , Detroit News , WLNS TV , USA TODAY , Huffington Post and more!

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Promising New Research Results For Early Detection Screening

MD Anderson Cancer Center published new findings indicating that evaluating the change in CA125 levels over time shows some promise as a screening method for early ovarian cancer. The 11 year long study followed 4,000 low risk women that underwent yearly blood tests for the CA125 cancer marker. Those that showed a sudden increase were referred to a gynecologist and received an ultrasound. The study suggested that the testing strategy had a specificity of 99.9 percent, the researchers said, meaning that only 0.1 percent of patients without cancer would be falsely identified as having the disease. Read more here.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down BRCA Gene Patents

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on June 13 that private companies do not have the right to patent human genes, including those associated with an increased risk of ovarian and breast cancer - the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. Many cancer advocates applauded the decision, in the hope it will allow for easier, less expensive access to genetic testing, and  more research to be done on these genes.

Read the statement from the Alliance .

Read the New York Times story .

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Society of Gynecologic Oncology 2013 Annual Meeting

At this year’s SGO Annual Meeting numerous presentations explored issues related to ovarian cancer. The Alliance summarized some of them, with topics including diagnosis, treatment, recurrence, prognosis and more, in a report here.  

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Pap Test Might Detect Ovarian Cancer

Researchers at Johns Hopkins showed that examining cervical cells can help identify ovarian and uterine cancers. In a recent small study of 46 women, DNA analysis detected 41% of ovarian cancer cases.

Read study here.

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DoD OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH SCIENTIFIC PEER REVIEW

Ovarian cancer advocate and MIOCA Vice President, Marcie Paul recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) sponsored by the Department of Defense. Nominated for participation by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, she was a full voting member, along with prominent scientists, at meetings to help determine how the $20M appropriated by Congress for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) will be spent on upcoming ovarian cancer research.

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