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VCU Massey Cancer Center

Personal care over time

This is Dianne's story

Dianne Harris Wright’s experience at VCU Massey Cancer Center has been personal from the start, eight years ago. After receiving her diagnosis of Stage 3 ovarian cancer from her doctor in the community on the Friday of a holiday weekend, she and her husband, Ken, sprung into action making phone calls to anyone and everyone they know who could help answer their questions. By the following Tuesday, she was capable at Massey.

After Wright’s initial surgery, she was presented with the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial, testing a new drug showing promise in preventing recurrence of ovarian cancer. Wright was eager to participate.

“Knowing my treatment options were stemming from the latest in cancer research gave me an enormous amount of encouragement,” says Wright.

Wright’s initial treatment on the clinical trial resulted in an 18-month remission. However, her cancer did return and the last six years have been a nearly constant battle to keep the cancer at bay.

“I know that each time I discussed next steps with my physician, I received the absolute latest and best choices available,” says Wright.

“Dianne certainly beat the odds that she was facing in her illness,” says Gordon Ginder, M.D. director, Massey Cancer Center. “But every year we’re making strides against this disease, and we see more and more patients like Dianne, living longer, better lives after cancer.”

Editor's note: Dianne Harris Wright passed away in October 2013. Her husband, Ken, remains grateful for the extraordinary level of care she received over twelve years of treatment and clinical trial participation at VCU Massey Cancer Center.