D&K - Liza Litzow, 53, ovarian cancer, Southborough with Dr. Ursula Matulonis, Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Dana-Farber 8-21-18

Liza began suffering from bloating, fullness, and pelvic pain around July 2015. When she went to the doctor to get her discomfort checked out, Liza was diagnosed with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer.

Liza’s treatment has consisted of three weekly rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, and a clinical trial when her cancer reappeared in March 2016. Her treatment is ongoing and began just over two years ago.

Despite her battle, Liza has been fortunate to have her family by her side. She is supported by her husband John, daughters, Cara and Peri, 25 and 20, and son, Johnny, 13. Liza speaks about how the nurses at Dana-Farber love when John comes with her to appointments!

Liza works in marketing for Citizens Bank Wealth Management, but in her spare time, loves going to the Cape with her family, wandering the Museum of Fine Arts, walking through Audubon Parks, and exploring downtown Boston.

Liza is incredibly grateful for her team at Dana-Faber, who have helped her and her family get through the hiccups that she has faced. They have made it easier for the family to live out a “new normal” life.

Dr. Ursula Matulonis

She can talk about the recent research in ovarian cancer and the importance of new combination therapies that have shown promising signs in treating ovarian cancer.

Dr. Matulonis has led several clinical trials that have resulted in new drug approvals by the Food and Drug Administration for patients with ovarian cancer.

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Doctor where is the research right now or ovarian cancer even compared to a few years ago. I think they're making tremendous strides in it really comes down to the understanding that having cancer is not just with cancer. And then it's public or at least five of them in each of those five which is based upon with the cancer the second microscope. Has different molecular features. Insert Achilles heels that we can target. Now my understanding news and all three your kids are here and it's great to have them all support here has been here. But I was told that the nurses really like when John comes by the visited that. They jail it's you know that's the wonderful thing about coming right and I comment. Before. Three years guys coming in every week. Now I'm coming in every month. Couple times a month. And it's a great event. 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