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Reunite and Reignite: Stride and Thrive

The Annual Below the Belt Stride and Thrive event has celebrated six remarkably successful years, including two during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, as we move toward in-person events and a restart of pre-pandemic activities, we are reigniting the Stride and Thrive mission with a fresh opportunity for our community to unite. In lieu of a race this year, we are hosting a summer garden party that will be the culmination of a fundraising drive to raise support for gynecologic below the belt cancers. The in-person Stride and Thrive Garden Party will be held on Sunday, June 26 at Elkridge Furnace Inn, and will reunite us in our mission to care—creating connection, acting through advocacy, raising the bar of research and educating our communities. We hope to see you there!

Your incredible support helps gynecologic cancer survivors through the Susan L. Burgert, MD Gynecologic Oncology Survivorship Program and gynecologic cancer research conducted by The Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service.

To sign up, spread the word, or learn more about Stride and Thrive, please click here.

2019 Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship Conference: Thriving Through Education and Connection

Thank you for joining us, cancer survivors, their caregivers, families and friends at this year's Survivorship Conference for a day long educational and supportive program on cancer survivorship and innovation in research and treatment.

An attendee was "very impressed with the conference" and really amazed by "the camaraderie of the survivors and of the doctors with patients." We look forward to seeing you at next year's conference!

Hear our director Amanda Fader describe how these conferences help empower cancer survivors to live their best lives.

Recent News Stories

January 2020

Health Alert: Cervical Cancer Awareness

For cervical cancer awareness month, Dr. Anna Beavis interviews with Fox 45 News to share what you need to know about cervical cancer and prevention, including debunking misconceptions about the vaccine.

What Causes Cervical Cancer? Plus, 6 Warning Signs Every Woman Should Know

Dr. Amanda Fader interviews with Shape magazine about the link between HPV and cervical cancer – and the importance of vaccination and regular screenings to reduce cancer risk.

Preventing Cervical Cancer One Vaccine at a Time

Dr. Kimberly Levinson explains to Fox 45 News that the relationship between birth control and cervical cancer risk is still unclear. What is clear – HPV causes the vast majority of cervical cancer cases and vaccination and screening is the best way to reduce the risk.

February 2019

A Patient's Guide to Cervical Cancer

Dr. Amanda Fader discusses common cervical cancer symptoms and treatment options with Lisa Esposito of U.S. News & World Report.

What Are Survival Rates for Cervical Cancer?

In an interview with U.S. News & World Report around cervical cancer survival outcomes, Amanda Fader M.D. emphasizes cervical cancer is “very curable in the early stages” and urges the importance of screening.

Dr Shih and Dr Wang analyzing medical image

Johns Hopkins Awarded Ovarian Cancer SPORE Grant

The expert research teams at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania — joint recipients of this prestigious Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant — will work collaboratively to utilize recent laboratory research discoveries to develop new methods for early ovarian cancer detection and treatment.

Learn more about our Ovarian SPORE research and clinical trials.

March 2018

Could a Pap Test Spot More Than Just Cervical Cancer?

Health Day interviews Amanda Fader M.D. about PapSEEK, a pap test developed by Hopkins researchers that can help detect endometrial and ovarian cancer at an earlier stage with the goal to "not only achieve more cures, but [also]..preserve fertility in many women." This new testing regimen involves collecting additional samples during a pelvic exam and testing them for common genetic mutations associated with these cancers. 

September 2017

After Public Battle with Cervical Cancer, Nashville Singer Jessi Zazu Dies at 28

NPR’s Andrew Limbong remembers Jessi Zazu, Nashville-based singer who died at 28 from cervical cancer. Kimberly Levinson, M.D., M.P.H., expert in the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer, explains HPV-caused cervical cancer is preventable and stresses the importance of vaccination.

December 2016

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics’ HCAHPS Scores Among the Highest in the Nation

The HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey is given each year at hospitals around the country to ensure that patients' needs are being met. We are proud to announce that the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service and the Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics have HCAHPS scores ranking among the highest in the nation.

September 2016

Gynecologic Cancers: Prevention, Detection and Treatment

Learn about the latest advances in prevention, detection and treatment of gynecologic cancers to help protect you and your loved ones.

June 2016

Ovarian Cancer: HMT Extends Survival

At the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, a study was presented showing that hormonal maintenance therapy in women with certain stages of ovarian or peritoneal cancer saw a significant improvement in survival. MedPage Today spoke with physicians, including Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D., about these results and how there is a need for more customized cancer treatments.

May 2016

Health Watch for Below the Belt Cancers

Rebecca Stone, M.D., discusses risk factors and treatment for "below the belt" cancers that afflict women — ovarian, fallopian tube, uterine, cervical, vaginal and vulvar. She also discusses with Fox's Baltimore affiliate the Stride and Thrive Below the Belt 5K/1K Run/Walk that will be hosted on May 15, 2016 by the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.

April 2016

7 Signs of Ovarian Cancer You Might Be Ignoring

Ovarian cancer is known as a silent disease, but there are often signs leading up to diagnosis. Reader's Digest interviews physicians, including Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D., about these signs and what you should look for.

March 2016

Morcellation, Cancer and Loss of Women's Choice

In this article, Medscape speaks with physicians, including Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D., about evaluating minimally invasive morcellation.

January 2016

Study Finds Minority, Poor Women Not Getting Safer Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies

In a recent Johns Hopkins study led by Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D., it was found that there are large racial and economic disparities present for women undergoing minimally invasive procedures. The Baltimore Sun spoke with Dr. Fader about this issue, as well as patients and other local physicians.

December 2015

Access to Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies Remains Persistently Limited for Cancer Patients Nationwide, Study Shows

A new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers, including Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, shows wide racial and economic disparities in access to minimally invasive hysterectomies for early uterine cancer in the United States.

The 2015 Survivorship Conference hosted by the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service.

September 2015

Johns Hopkins Hospital Hosts Gynecologic Cancer Conference

CBS News interviews Rebecca Stone, M.D., in a piece about the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service's 2015 Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship Conference.

13 Ovarian Cancer Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

In this Fox News article, Edward Tanner, M.D., describes the most common signs of ovarian cancer and why it can be a difficult disease to diagnose.

May 2015

New HPV Vaccine Can Prevent 80% of Cervical Cancers

Yahoo Health interviews physicians, including Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D., about the new HPV vaccine that offers additional protection against some forms of cervical cancer.

March 2015

Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk and Debate over Preventive Surgery

Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D., participated in a panel on The Diane Rehm Show regarding Angelina Jolie Pitt's New York Times opinion piece describing her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. The panel discussed the BRCA gene, the challenges genetic test results present and the efforts to stop breast and ovarian cancers before they start.

November 2014

Morcellation of Occult Malignancy

At the 43rd AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Vancouver, Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D., delivered a talk on Morcellation of Occult Malignancy during the session entitled Tackling Controversies and Optimizing Tissue Extraction Techniques in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery. This talk was presented at the General Session of this annual event.

The 2015 Survivorship Conference hosted by the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service.

July 2013

Awareness of Genetics, Ovarian Cancer Link Could Be a Lifesaver

In an interview with WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore, Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D., discussed a very important women's health issue – awareness of 'below the belt' cancers such as cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer.

June 2013

More Women Removing Ovaries to Prevent Cancer

The Baltimore Sun discussed early stage ovarian cancer detection and the BRCA gene mutation with Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D.

April 2012

Cytoreductive Surgery interviewed Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D., about low grade and cytoreductive surgery and how her study on this topic could affect future treatments for women with low grade serous ovarian carcinoma.