AI Predicts Ovarian Cancer Survival Rates From CT Scans

February 15, 2019 5:00 pm

By Melissa Rohman

AI can predict a woman’s survival rate and response to treatments for ovarian cancer more accurately than current methods, according to research published online Feb. 15 in Nature Communications. 

The machine learning software developed by researchers at … Read more

Exactly What Does a Principal Investigator of a Trial Do?

February 13, 2019 8:00 pm

By Milton Packer, MD

Most observers do not understand what the academic leaders of a clinical trial really do. To many, the steering committee simply takes its marching orders from industry sponsors. Some believe that every trial is designed by … Read more

Shellie’s Story: Too Busy to Have Cancer

February 9, 2019 9:00 am

Most women dread turning 40, not me. The morning of February 9th, 2017, I hopped out of bed and headed off to teach my weekly cycling class. Health and fitness are two of my passions. I’ve been a group fitness … Read more

New ‘Trojan Horse’ Cancer Treatment Shows Early Promise in Multiple Tumor Types

February 8, 2019 9:00 am

A brand new type of cancer drug that acts as a ‘Trojan horse’ to get inside tumour cells has shown promise in patients with six different cancer types.

In patients with advanced, drug-resistant cancers, over a quarter with cervical and … Read more

Only 18% of People With Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genes Knew They Were Carriers, Study Found. How Can We Make DNA Screening Work Better?

February 7, 2019 5:00 pm

By Michael Murray

There are diseases and health conditions that are essentially invisible to us until it is too late.

When those problems are life-threatening, such as cancer, and if there is a period when something could be done, then … Read more

Cancer Cures and the Importance of Communicating Responsibly

February 6, 2019 3:00 pm

By Carin Canale-Theakston

Xconomy San Diego —  Last week, it was reported by multiple media outlets (see here, and here, and here) that a group of Israeli scientists had found “a cure for all cancer” and that … Read more

Ovarian Cysts Should Be ‘Watched’ Rather Than Removed

February 5, 2019 5:00 pm

Women may not need to undergo surgery for non-cancerous ovarian cysts, avoiding potential surgical complications.

This is the finding of new research, by a team of international scientists from institutions including Imperial College London and KU Leuven, published in The Read more

Drug Treating Breast Cancer May Be Effective in Treating Lung and Ovarian Cancer

February 5, 2019 4:00 pm

Two new papers, published simultaneously in Nature Communications and led by researchers at McGill University, offer promise that a drug currently used to treat estrogen positive breast cancer may be effective in treating two different types of cancer, one rare … Read more

Survival Benefit With GI-Based Adjuvant Chemotherapy Regimen in Mucinous Ovarian Cancer

February 4, 2019 8:00 pm

By Kristi Rosa

Data from a retrospective study suggests an adjuvant gastrointestinal (GI)-based chemotherapy regimen is more beneficial than one that is gynecologic-based in patients with mucinous ovarian cancer, said Katherine C. Kurnit, MD.

“Right now, mucinous ovarian cancer is … Read more

Drug Target Identified for Chemotherapy-Resistant Ovarian, Breast Cancer

February 4, 2019 5:00 pm

By Tamara Bhandari

Study finds mimic for BRCA genes that could be targeted to improve treatment

People who inherit a faulty copy of the so-called “breast cancer genes” BRCA1 and BRCA2 are at high risk of cancer. About 10 percent … Read more

In Memory of Posh. We Miss You in a Hundred Thousand Ways.

January 30, 2019 9:00 am

This beautifully written piece sheds light on the struggles that caregivers on the cancer journey face after losing their loved one. Caregivers are critical sources of support throughout someone’s cancer journey, but their true strength shines through with how they Read more

When Menopause Masks Ovarian Cancer, Vital Treatment Gets Delayed

January 29, 2019 6:00 pm

By Anubhuti Matta

Nine months — that’s how long Shradha Gupta, 51, waited for an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

“I had a terrible pain in the pelvic region, felt bloated all the time, but the gynecologist kept asking me to wait … Read more

Be Kind, Even When The Sky Is Falling

January 28, 2019 3:00 pm

By Barbara Tako

Cancerland is a frightening place to be for days, weeks, months and yes, even years. Turn that worry into something positive; reach out and be kind today and every day forward.

Before cancer survivorship, I know I … Read more

We Asked a Genetic Counselor About 23andMe’s New Cancer Test

January 24, 2019 6:00 pm

By Dan Robitzski

“There’s that element of anxiety and stress and not necessarily having an educational resource to turn to.”

Over The Counter

23andMe is already allowed to screen customers for mutations associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. … Read more

Cancerversary Prompts Top 10 List of Lessons Learned

January 23, 2019 6:00 pm

By Kelly Irvin

Rather than revisiting the ghosts of cancer treatments past, I’m focused on using what I’ve learned in three years of active treatment and maintenance for incurable, metastatic cancer.

My three-year cancerversary is quickly approaching. On Jan. 13, … Read more

Energizing the Immune System to Eat Cancer

January 21, 2019 3:00 pm

Immune cells called macrophages are supposed to serve and protect, but cancer has found ways to put them to sleep. Now researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania say they’ve identified how to fuel macrophages with … Read more

Alisertib-Based Combo Improves Survival Outcomes in Ovarian, Breast Cancer

January 21, 2019 10:30 am

By Jessica Skarzynski

For some time now, paclitaxel has been considered standard of care in the treatment of patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer; however, recent research has shown the addition of the investigational drug alisertib to a paclitaxel regimen demonstrated … Read more

Luci Berardi: Writing a New Chapter on Ovarian Cancer

January 19, 2019 10:30 am

Luci Berardi had known for three months that something was wrong. As a yoga practitioner and instructor, she was very much in tune with her body, and the changes she was noticing were odd and disconcerting.

First there was the … Read more

Antibody That Targets a Protein on the Surface of Stem Cells Also Targets Same Protein on Cancer Cells

January 17, 2019 5:00 pm

An antibody that targets and is taken up only by certain types of cancer cells has been developed by A*STAR researchers. Combining this antibody with an anticancer drug could lead to a new treatment for some types of breast and … Read more

Antihypertension Drug Losartan May Improve Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

January 15, 2019 5:00 pm

A new study from a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team has found that the hypertension drug losartan, which targets the angiotensin signaling pathway, may improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy agents used to treat ovarian cancer. Previous research from the … Read more