At present life expectancy for someone diagnosed with ovarian cancer is not high. Partly because the disease is often quite advanced when it is detected and partly because it is persistent and often returns after treatment. Research into new medicines and treatments understandably focuses mainly on the prolongation of patients’ lives.
However, treatment methods such as chemotherapy and drugs such as Olaparib usually have such serious side effects that they leave a huge mark on everyday life. Life gains in quantity, but loses so much in quality that meaningful life fulfillment becomes difficult.
Saskia, who founded the foundation, knows all about this. She has been living with ovarian cancer for several years and has experienced how the side effects and fatigue limit her life. She would like treatment to be available as soon as possible which will not only prolong the lives of these women but will also improve the quality of it.
And that is exactly what the Orange Dragon Foundation strives for. Ultimately, the foundation wants to contribute to a world in which no one has to die from ovarian cancer and can lead a long and meaningful life despite this diagnosis.
Cancer is becoming more common all over the world. That also applies to ovarian cancer. But there is no equal access to treatment everywhere in the world. This applies even more to the latest techniques and medicines, but also to the availability of so-called “trials”; studies in which new treatments are tested on patients.
The Orange Dragon Foundation would like to contribute to an equal global distribution of available treatments. We can do this by paying specific attention to this when spending the money we raise.
The Orange Dragon Foundation therefore not only wants to raise money for research into ovarian cancer, but also wants to contribute to guaranteeing access to (the results of) this research for everyone in the world. This will be possible when, also in the research phase, new medicines can be tested in a proportional way in different parts of the world. Research that is financed with money from the Orange Dragon Foundation should take this aspect into account.