In this medical video learn about one of ovarian cancer treatment's greatest breakthrough.
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Jennifer Matthews: Grandmother Mable Parr should be a natural at driving a videogame racecar. For 21 years, she drove a school bus and a tractor. But last July, she hit a life-changing bump. Mable Parr: Every time I hit a rut, I had pain. So, I went to the doctor and then I had a CAT scan and it was ovarian cancer. Jennifer Matthews: Mable had surgery to remove the tumor and is now getting a special kind of chemotherapy. Along with standard chemo given through an IV, Mable has chemo delivered directly into her abdominal cavity through a catheter. New research shows women live about 16 months longer with it. Dr. Kristine Zanotti: We might see these women actually living through what we would consider a cancer that otherwise might have taken their lives. Jennifer Matthews: The method allows doctors to give 20 to 1,000 times the dose of chemo because fewer healthy cells are harmed. Dr. Kristine Zanotti: With that comes an enhanced killing effect, an enhanced effectiveness. Jennifer Matthews: Mable is one of the lucky ones. She's cancer-free and feeling better each day. Mable Parr: I have had more time off from work than I have in 25 years, and I am getting cabin fever. I want to go back to work. Jennifer Matthews: After all, driving a bus is a little more up her alley. Mable Parr: Much easier. Jennifer Matthews: Even with some helping hands. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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