Many Americans Unaware of Promise of Targeted, ‘Personalized’ Medicine

December 7, 2018 7:00 pm

By Dennis Thompson

Medical science has made tremendous advances in “personalized medicine” — drugs that fight cancer and other diseases by boosting the immune system or targeting specific genetic traits.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter benefited from one of these

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Blocking ovarian cancer’s energy supply helps curb spread

September 18, 2018 6:45 pm
It is often the case that an ovarian cancer diagnosis reveals that the tumor has already spread to nearby tissue. Now, scientists have discovered a potential way to cut off the energy supply fueling this invasive
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What’s the Evidence That Hemp Could Be Useful in Treating Cancer?

September 14, 2018 4:51 pm

By Elaine K. Howley, Contributor

It’s long been said that the Founding Fathers likely grew and possibly enjoyed using marijuana, or Cannabis sativa. But this notion, which was popularized as the fight to legalize marijuana in the early 2000s

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Immunotherapy Has Big Potential In Ovarian Cancer Treatment

November 27, 2017 8:50 pm

Early studies are showing promise for immunotherapy agents such as checkpoint inhibitors in the treatment field of ovarian cancer, according to Jonathan Ledermann, M.D.

One such study is JAVELIN Ovarian 200, a study of Bavencio (avelumab) alone or in combination … Read more

Precision Oncology or One Size Fits All?

November 1, 2017 5:42 pm

Platinum/taxane combinations are the most effective regimens for treatment of epithelial ovarian cancer. Response varies between patients, but because the molecular basis for resistance is not defined, patients receive so-called one size fits all therapy. In contrast, elucidation of the … Read more

Precision Medicine: A New Era for Ovarian Cancer

September 6, 2017 4:46 pm

By: Laura L. Holman, MD, MS

We’ve come a long way in treating ovarian cancer. This treatment has historically consisted of debulking surgery for nearly every patient, but it is evolving to become more informed and precise. Diagnostic laparoscopy, for … Read more

Researchers Find Key To Stopping Ovarian Cancer From Spreading

August 9, 2017 7:50 pm

A pair of UC Riverside researchers say they have found a mechanism for blocking the spread of ovarian cancer, one of the deadliest cancers for women.

Recent University of Notre Dame transplants Mark Alber and Oleg Kim, along with a … Read more

PARP Inhibitors Changing the Landscape of Ovarian Cancer Treatment

July 11, 2017 5:53 pm

With the FDA approval of two new PARP inhibitor drugs since last year’s Ovarian Cancer National Conference, it’s no surprise the topic was of great interest at this year’s meeting in Chicago, and a standing-room-only crowd was on hand July … Read more

CT Technology Shows How Blood Flow Can Predict Ovarian Cancer Treatment

July 7, 2017 4:59 pm

Technology developed at Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute can provide a new window into whether or not patients are responding to treatment for advanced ovarian cancer. A multi-centre clinical trial has demonstrated that CT Perfusion, which measures blood … Read more

The Unbearably Slow Adoption of Genetic Cancer Tests

July 12, 2016 5:29 pm

Over the past 20 years, Nazneen Rahman has identified a steady stream of genes that influence the risk of breast, ovarian, and childhood cancers—work that has earned her scientific, popular, and even royal acclaim. But her latest accomplishment, and one … Read more

Ovarian Cancer and Talc: Did Junk Science Cost Johnson & Johnson?

May 11, 2016 6:08 pm

Johnson & Johnson is an immense pharmaceutical and consumer products company of the type that the public loves to hate. Recently, it’s been getting absolutely killed by juries holding its baby powder responsible for causing several women’s ovarian cancers. The … Read more

Profile-Matched Patient Assistance and Clinical Trial Options

May 2, 2016 8:38 pm

Clearity has taken steps to help accelerate molecular matching by enabling women to access the drugs their physicians prescribe to treat their ovarian cancer. The pilot Clearity Match Patient Assistance program that was recently announced helps subsidize the cost of … Read more

Why Are Many Women At Risk of Ovarian Cancer Not Aware Of It?

November 2, 2015 11:00 am

The statistics for ovarian cancer are frightening. Whereas early detection tests for breast cancer are relatively commonplace, 75-85% of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed only at a late stage, when the cancer has spread and prognosis is poor.

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Effective Ovarian Cancer Treatment Is Underused, Study Finds

October 30, 2015 11:00 am

Deborah Denehy received chemotherapy directly to her abdomen to treat ovarian cancer, a treatment that remains underused in the United States. Credit Shiho Fukada for The New York Times.

In 2006, the National Cancer Institute took the rare step … Read more