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‘On The Down Low – speaking up about ovarian cancer’ is a podcast featuring raw and inspiring stories from women with ovarian cancer and their caregivers, who speak in intimate detail about the challenges of living with cancer, and make a powerful call for advocacy, awareness and change. Hosted by Alison Dance, the six-part series follows the arc of an ovarian cancer journey covering topics including symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and side effects, challenges with finances, relationships and intimacy, issues specific to regional and younger women, research, clinical trials, recurrence, hope and advocacy. 
This podcast comes with a content warning for anyone affected by cancer. We cover heavy topics and themes, so if anything of concern comes up for you please call the recommended support line below. We also deal with a lot of medical talk – this isn’t health advice. If anything stands out to you check in with a trusted health professional. Cancer Council Information Line – 13 11 20It’s with deep sadness we share the loss of our advocates since the time of recording. 
Vale Pauline, Liz (our volunteer photographer) and Clare. We are honoured to have had the privilege to amplify their stories and are grateful their voices continue to advocate for a better future for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We celebrate their life, vitality and legacy.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 53 Ratings

‘On The Down Low – speaking up about ovarian cancer’ is a podcast featuring raw and inspiring stories from women with ovarian cancer and their caregivers, who speak in intimate detail about the challenges of living with cancer, and make a powerful call for advocacy, awareness and change. Hosted by Alison Dance, the six-part series follows the arc of an ovarian cancer journey covering topics including symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and side effects, challenges with finances, relationships and intimacy, issues specific to regional and younger women, research, clinical trials, recurrence, hope and advocacy. 
This podcast comes with a content warning for anyone affected by cancer. We cover heavy topics and themes, so if anything of concern comes up for you please call the recommended support line below. We also deal with a lot of medical talk – this isn’t health advice. If anything stands out to you check in with a trusted health professional. Cancer Council Information Line – 13 11 20It’s with deep sadness we share the loss of our advocates since the time of recording. 
Vale Pauline, Liz (our volunteer photographer) and Clare. We are honoured to have had the privilege to amplify their stories and are grateful their voices continue to advocate for a better future for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We celebrate their life, vitality and legacy.

    Women's Intuition: Signs, Symptoms and Diagnosis

    Women's Intuition: Signs, Symptoms and Diagnosis

    Welcome to season one of ‘On The Down Low – Speaking up about Ovarian Cancer'. It’s known as ‘the silent killer’ and when ovarian cancer is finally discovered, it’s usually in the very advanced stages. Why? There are many reasons – no early detection test, subtle symptoms, a lack of awareness… and maybe our reluctance to talk about vaginas. In this episode, Women’s Intuition – Symptoms & Diagnosis, we’ll share with you four very different stories of how women can come to discover they hav...

    • 28 min
    Whiplash: Treatment and Side Effects

    Whiplash: Treatment and Side Effects

    In our first episode, we heard about the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The gradual onset of fatigue, bloating, weight changes, and irregular bleeding. While the initial development of ovarian cancer is often covert, once it is identified, it is full steam ahead into treatment. For my mother, Pauline, and many others, that meant immediate major surgery.Ovarian Cancer Support Line: 1300 660 334

    • 23 min
    New Reality: Living with Cancer Changes Relationships

    New Reality: Living with Cancer Changes Relationships

    The impact of a cancer diagnosis extends far beyond the changes to one’s body. Along with the physical toll from surgery and treatment comes profound changes to one’s lifestyle and relationships.Ovarian Cancer Support Line: 1300 660 334

    • 26 min
    Shades of Teal: Nuances of Ovarian Cancer

    Shades of Teal: Nuances of Ovarian Cancer

    When it comes to treating women with ovarian cancer, it is not a one size fits all approach and there are several types of this disease.In this episode, we hear how people with all their wonderous differences experience ovarian cancer, including regional and working women; those with a rare ovarian cancer type or BRCA positive; and those with a little hope or those with a lot.Ovarian Cancer Support Line: 1300 660 334

    • 28 min
    Knife Edge: recurrence, research & clinical trials

    Knife Edge: recurrence, research & clinical trials

    Recurrence or cancer progression. It’s a seed of fear planted for many women after they finish ovarian cancer treatment. After a whirlwind of diagnosis and treatment, you finally catch your breath only to learn there’s a very real risk your cancer could come back.In this episode, we discuss moving forward when it comes to recurrence, research, and clinical trials.Ovarian Cancer Support Line: 1300 660 334

    • 30 min
    What Women Want: Hope and Advocacy

    What Women Want: Hope and Advocacy

    Every year, 1700 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and less than half of them will survive five years after diagnosis. In this episode, we discuss hope, advocacy, and education initiatives that women are driving to make a difference to the lives of other women affected by ovarian cancer, both now and in the future.Ovarian Cancer Support Line: 1300 660 334

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

howabtthis ,

Thank you!

Thank you for a wonderful, insightful, helpful series. Having been diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2020, I feel not alone listening to these stories. I can’t describe how empowering that is … to feel
Connected and more informed . Thank you Bridget ikin

Sav Tand ,

Such strong people

What an amazing way to share what these strong people (the patients and their families) ate facing with an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Am thoroughly humbled by their strength, positivity and insights.

PodFellow321 ,

Raw, real and humanising

Impactful podcast that walks the line between humour and tragedy with grace.

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