The Gift of a New Beginning

Mention the word cancer and probably the last thing that comes to mind is a gift. But that’s exactly how stage 3 ovarian cancer survivor Hayley Dubin describes it.

Hayley stands as an incredible example of strength and determination when confronted with difficulty. Since being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 29, her life has taken an unexpected path filled with challenges, transformation and the profound recognition that cancer offers – the gift of new beginnings.

Hayley found herself shocked and uncertain as her life unraveled under an unexpected cancer diagnosis. She had been in for her annual physical only a month before and received a clean bill of health. But upon experiencing excruciating pain in her side, she went to the emergency room, where she ultimately received a devastating diagnosis of stage 3 ovarian cancer that had also spread to her appendix and colon. Upon hearing this news, she was told that treatment would need to begin immediately – including total hysterectomy, bowel surgery and three rounds of chemotherapy treatments – sending shockwaves through her world of uncertainty and fear.

Hayley’s Journey: From Surviving to Thriving

Hayley survived the treatments, but doubt began to set in. Sometimes surviving cancer can be as overwhelming as receiving its initial diagnosis. Despite receiving a clean bill of health from her oncologist, new questions and uncertainties arose regarding its remission: Were there lifestyle changes she could make? Who could support her through all the complex emotions?

At this crossroad in her health journey, Hayley decided to take matters into her own hands and take control of her wellbeing. She embarked on an exploration of self-discovery and care; placing greater focus on eating nutritious food while managing her stress effectively. Within months she experienced profound renewal as her energy returned.

Her remarkable transformation inspired her to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program where she gained training on various dietetic theories, practical lifestyle management strategies and innovative coaching methodologies from some of the leading experts.

Hayley then decided to make it her mission to assist those affected by cancer to retake control of their lives and find purpose, peace, passion and vibrant health once more. She reports finding great fulfillment guiding individuals on their path toward wellness using the wisdom and experience she had gleaned through her own battle with cancer.

Hayley Dubin’s legacy of hope and healing serves as an inspiration to millions of individuals battling illness or facing other difficulties in their own lives. Her story stands as proof of human resilience and its ability for change; from being diagnosed with cancer to becoming a source of healing hope is an example that many can learn from.

Don’t miss my exclusive interview with Hayley, where she shares her personal experiences, the pivotal moments of her diagnosis, and the remarkable steps she took to transform her life. Hear directly from her about the challenges she faced and the empowering choices that led her to become a beacon of hope in the world of cancer survivorship. Hayley’s story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit, and her insights are bound to inspire and uplift anyone navigating their own path through adversity.



Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. According to The American Cancer Society, estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2023 are:

  • Approximately 19,710 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
  • Approximately 13,270 women will die from ovarian cancer.

Preventing Ovarian Cancer: What You Should Know

Preventing ovarian cancer is an ever-evolving topic, offering new insights to assist women in making informed choices. Recent research has shed light on the influence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations on risk for this cancer. Studies have shown that certain ovarian and peritoneal cancers may begin in the fallopian tubes, suggesting early cancer development might begin there. Cells from early-stage fallopian tube cancers can then break off and attach themselves to other areas like ovaries or peritoneum, where they may proliferate even faster.

Early Detection Can Be A Game Changer

According to The American Cancer Society, early detection can dramatically increase ovarian cancer survival rates. Researchers are exploring innovative screening methods; one promising approach includes using proteomics (an analysis of protein patterns in blood) to detect early signs of this cancerous disease.

How Liquid Biopsies Are Changing the Game in Cancer Detection

When it comes to diagnosing cancer and tailoring personalized treatment plans, the emergence of liquid biopsies has revolutionized the field of oncology. These advanced diagnostic tools offer several significant advantages over traditional tissue biopsies, making them a superior choice in many scenarios.

1. Noninvasive or Minimally Invasive: Lower Risk and Cost
One of the standout benefits of liquid biopsies is their noninvasive or minimally invasive nature. Unlike tissue biopsies, which involve surgical procedures to extract a tissue sample from a specific location, liquid biopsies are a much gentler approach. They typically require a simple blood draw or other bodily fluids, significantly reducing the risk and discomfort associated with invasive surgeries. Additionally, the lower complexity of liquid biopsies translates to reduced costs, making them a more accessible option for patients.

2. Comprehensive Insights: Overcoming Tumor Heterogeneity
Tumor heterogeneity, the variability in genetic and molecular characteristics within and between tumors, has posed a significant challenge in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Liquid biopsies offer a solution by providing systemic and homogenous profiles of all tumor lesions throughout the body. Unlike tissue biopsies, which sample a single tumor site and may miss critical information, liquid biopsies offer a holistic view of the cancer’s genetic makeup. This comprehensive insight enables oncologists to make more informed decisions about treatment strategies, ensuring that therapies are tailored to address all tumor variations, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

3. Real-Time Monitoring: Tracking Cancer Evolution
Cancer is a dynamic disease that evolves over time, often in response to treatments. Liquid biopsies empower clinicians by allowing them to sample and monitor cancer-related genetic changes at various stages of the disease’s progression. This real-time monitoring capability is a crucial asset in precision medicine. It enables healthcare professionals to adjust treatment regimens promptly, optimizing therapeutic efficacy and minimizing side effects. Moreover, liquid biopsies hold promise in identifying emerging resistance mechanisms, guiding the selection of alternative treatments when necessary.

Liquid biopsies have ushered in a new era of precision medicine, offering distinct advantages over traditional tissue biopsies. Their noninvasive or minimally invasive nature reduces risk and cost, while their ability to provide comprehensive, systemic profiles of tumors overcomes the limitations posed by tumor heterogeneity. Additionally, the capability to sample and monitor cancer-related changes in real-time enhances their utility in early detection, diagnostics, prognostics, and therapy response monitoring.



Ding Z, Wang N, Ji N, Chen ZS. Proteomics technologies for cancer liquid biopsies. Mol Cancer. 2022 Feb 15;21(1):53. doi: 10.1186/s12943-022-01526-8. PMID: 35168611; PMCID: PMC8845389.

Ding Z, Wang N, Ji N, Chen ZS. Proteomics technologies for cancer liquid biopsies. Mol Cancer. 2022 Feb 15;21(1):53. doi: 10.1186/s12943-022-01526-8. PMID: 35168611; PMCID: PMC8845389.


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