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Medical Edge: Ovarian Cancer

Created: 09/26/2013 5:33 PM KSTP.com
By: Kenny King

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- In 2004, Cindy Weiss' doctor told her something no one wants to hear.

This test is positive, nothing made sense.

"It really wasn't the cancer diagnosis that caught me. It was the moment after he said you have stage 4 ovarian cancer and you need an immediate hysterectomy, radiation and chemotherapy, and I just went, hmm. So I don't have kids yet. I'm not married, and I have always wanted to be a mom."

Cindy endured the treatment, and was cancer free for almost two years. 

Then Cindy says she just didn't feel right. The cancer had come back.

Mayo Clinic Obstetrics & Gynecology Ovarian says cancer has been called the silent killer, and the reason for that is the initial symptoms, if you will, may be very vague and nonspecific.

Mayo Clinic Dr. Matthew Robertson says because symptoms can be vague, abdominal blotting maybe a stomach ache, some women figure it's something else and don't get diagnosed until the cancer has spread. But the good news is that treatment keeps getting better. 

"We're learning more and more about what genetic aberrations, what faults drive the progression of cancer and lead to recurrences. The more we learn, we're identifying new targets. We can hopefully develop drugs to attack and continue to improve survival rates," Robertson said.

It's been five years since Cindy's second diagnosis. It's a great milestone. And, sure, she thinks about it.

"It happened once and it came back again. Will it come back a third time?" Cindy said.

But now Cindy's cancer-free, and her main focus is on life.

A year after her second diagnosis Cindy married her long-time beau, David, and shortly after that they adopted Charlotte.