Twins diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the same time speak out to spread awareness

Twins diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the same time speak out to spread awareness

9/27/2021 6:32:00 PM

Twins diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the same time speak out to spread awareness

“We just really want women to really be in tune with their bodies, and be advocates for themselves,” the sisters said on TODAY.

Lauren DunnIdentical twin sisters Teresa Swain and Lisa Simmons have done everything together. They were born holding hands and raised their families in identical houses. Now the sisters have a new shared life mission: to spread awareness aboutas they both battle the disease.

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Simmons was diagnosed withat age 59 in May 2020 after noticing some unusual bloating and numbness. She had a massive tumor that filled her abdomen. Her sister was devastated.“There's no way I can live without her,” Swain told NBC's Kristen Dahlgren on TODAY.

After her sister’s diagnosis, Swain got herself checked out. At first, her results showed no cancer. She did discover that like her sister, she has a BRCA gene mutation, which can put people at a higher risk for ovarian and breast cancer.They had matching weddings and raised their families in identical houses. headtopics.com

TODAYSwain planned to have her ovaries removed to reduce her own risk of the disease. But then she noticed some unusual bloating, and she, like Simmons, was ultimately diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer.She said her first thought when she received her

was that at least she and Simmons were in it together.“I don't have to do it alone,” Swain said, “'cause I had her.”"There's no way I can live without her," Swain said of her twin sister.TODAYNow, they are both undergoing chemo and maintenance therapy together. As of today, they are both cancer-free, their doctor told TODAY. However, they will need to be monitored for the rest of their lives because there is a high risk of occurrence with late-stage ovarian cancer.

Swain shared what she wants other women to know about being aware of their bodies and getting checked when something seems off.Both twins are responding well to treatment and right now, are cancer-free.TODAY“We just really want women to really be in tune with their bodies, and be advocates for themselves,” she said.

Their doctor, Dr. Sarah Goodrich, an OB-GYN based in Indianapolis, outlined some of the warning signs to look out for when it comes to ovarian cancer.The twins have always been incredibly close, and are going through treatment together.TODAY“Don't write off the bloating that's persistent,” she said. “Don't just think, ‘Oh, I keep getting a urinary tract infection.’ Maybe it's not what it is. We see that commonly. People think, ‘Oh, I have a yeast infection again. Or a UTI again.’” headtopics.com

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