Overlooked

A podcast about ovarian cancer

This is the story of one survivor - and relentless optimist - Teresa Arthur, who has lived through 4 rounds of ovarian cancer. The story is narrated by her daughter, Golda, using intimate recorded conversations and audio diaries. Along this journey, we hear from scientists, advocates and other survivors: people who are equally relentless in the struggle to survive and outsmart this complex disease. And it’s a journey that challenges us to ask ourselves: how much do we really know, and care, about ovarian health? 

Through the lens of one family’s story, the podcast explores how ovarian cancer has been historically overlooked so far, and how the needle is finally moving. 

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Introducing Overlooked: a podcast about ovarian cancer
September 07, 202300:02:122.02 MB

Introducing Overlooked: a podcast about ovarian cancer

The story of one ovarian cancer survivor, as told by her daughter, using intimate recorded conversations and audio diaries, to bring a much-overlooked cancer into the light.

Episode 1: 'Fluid Puppy'
September 14, 2023x
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00:14:3813.42 MB

Episode 1: 'Fluid Puppy'

We begin in a hospital room, in Halifax, Canada, as a difficult moment is about to unfold. An introduction to Teresa, and to ovarian cancer as she and her family experienced it.

Episode 2: Diagnosis
September 21, 2023x
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00:20:0718.44 MB

Episode 2: Diagnosis

After months of vague symptoms and a battery of tests, the cancer is finally diagnosed. This episode asks, what is ovarian cancer, and why is it so hard to diagnose? Featuring Dr Lana Saciragic, Gynecologic Oncologist at Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Episode 3: Treatment
September 28, 2023x
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00:17:0015.58 MB

Episode 3: Treatment

Chemotherapy begins. Walking into the chemotherapy room that first day, none of us know what to expect. Mom has a bad reaction to the drugs as she begins her treatment journey. We learn: what is chemotherapy, how does it work, and what toll does it take on the body. The episode features Dr Lana Saci...

Episode 4: Family
October 04, 2023x
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00:23:0321.13 MB

Episode 4: Family

Caregiving, and even standing by as someone you love goes through cancer, is its own journey, and deserves its own episode. This episode features Robin Arthur, and Pamela Esposito-Amery from Tell Every Amazing Lady.

Episode 5: Recurrence
October 11, 2023x
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00:17:1515.8 MB

Episode 5: Recurrence

The cancer comes back. (Remember that dandelion?) We learn that recurrence is a common feature of ovarian cancer because early detection is so difficult and there is no way to screen for it. But asking the question ‘why can’t we see it coming?’ leads me on a journey to learn more about - not the ova...

Episode 6: Genetics
October 18, 2023x
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00:16:5215.46 MB

Episode 6: Genetics

This cancer comes from a genetic mutation. We learn more about this, and how it works. What does that mean for how you prevent or treat this cancer? Sarah DeFeo from the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance explains, and talks about why genetic testing is an important tool going forward.

Episode 7: A new drug
October 25, 2023x
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00:19:3417.93 MB

Episode 7: A new drug

In 2020, Mom was dealing with the covid pandemic as well as cancer. After her chemotherapy treatment ended, she started on a new drug, called niraparib, to try and prevent a recurrence. She would end up back in the emergency room, but this time, it wasn’t covid, or cancer. And, I talked to Dr Tracy ...

Episode 8: Prevention
November 01, 2023x
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00:18:0116.5 MB

Episode 8: Prevention

The cancer comes back again, and Mom starts a new round of chemo. At this point, I decide I would finally go and get a genetics test done for myself. In this episode, I talk to my genetics counselor, and my sister Esther, about the results of her test and what happened next for her.

Episode 9: Survivorship
November 08, 2023x
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00:29:2526.93 MB

Episode 9: Survivorship

This episode hands the mic over to two other survivors of ovarian cancer - Susan Leighton, and Donna Pepin. Both Susan and Donna talk about how they're paying their survivorship forward, through advocacy.

Episode 10: India
November 15, 2023x
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00:26:5124.6 MB

Episode 10: India

Another recurrence to deal with, and then a long-awaited trip to India, to see my grandmother, as the series comes to a close.

Bonus: A conversation about ovarian health with Dr Dianne Miller
November 22, 2023x
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00:16:1014.8 MB

Bonus: A conversation about ovarian health with Dr Dianne Miller

In reporting and writing this series, I’ve become intrigued by the ovaries themselves and their underrated role in our overall health. In this episode, I talk to pioneering gynecological oncologist Dr Dianne Miller about why the ovaries are still so mysterious to us, and why we don’t talk about ovar...