Ellen Whalen was chief nursing officer at Keck Medical Center of USC for more than 20 years when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Accustomed to caring for patients, she found herself on the other end of the care continuum, having to put her life in the hands of a team of specialists at USC Norris Cancer Hospital, part of the Keck Medical Center of USC.

Under the expert care of gynecologist Jennifer Israel, MD, and gynecologic oncologist Laila Muderspach, MD, Ellen underwent minimally invasive surgery, followed by chemotherapy. With her own Trojan dream team of caring physicians, she has conquered cancer and encourages others to fight on.