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Long-term ovarian cancer survival possible

At 64, April Lindsay has tolerated three surgeries and five chemotherapies over the past nine years. She's living proof that advanced ovarian cancer doesn't have to be a death sentence. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

April Lindsay wasn't feeling well several years ago.

"My stomach seemed to be getting bloated, and I was urinating very frequently," she said.

Often, it's the woman who encourages the man to go to the doctor. In this case, it was the opposite -- and Lindsay's husband made her the appointment.

Care began at Hope Women's Cancer Centers in Asheville because test results weren't good.

"Ovarian cancer is the second-most gynecologic cancer we see, second to endometrial or uterine cancer," explained Dr. Ashley Case, an OB/GYN oncologist. "However, it's unfortunately the deadliest."

Lindsay added, "I thought ovarian cancer would be the thing I died from."

Case pointed out, "the vast majority of woman -- about 75 percent -- will be diagnosed at Stage 3 or 4."

At 64, April has tolerated three surgeries and five chemotherapies over the past nine years.

"Ovarian cancer is a chronic disease more than anything, and there are treatments," said Lindsay. "I'll reach out for that next chemo. As long as I have more good days than bad, I'll keep going."

She's living proof that advanced ovarian cancer doesn't have to be a death sentence.

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