Black women less likely to receive guideline-concordant therapy for ovarian cancer

November 9, 2022 11:23 am

by Matthew Shinkle

Black women in the U.S. appeared less likely than white women to receive guideline-concordant treatment for ovarian cancer, according to a study published in Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Even among white women, the … Read more

Melissa Frey, MD, on Disparities in Ovarian Cancer Genetic Testing

October 19, 2022 10:40 am

by Mark L. Fuerst

Most people with a hereditary ovarian cancer syndrome are unaware of their underlying mutation, and the majority have not had genetic testing.

In a recent article in the ASCO Educational Book, Melissa Frey, MD, MS, … Read more

Insurance Type Linked With Disparities in the Treatment of Gynecologic Cancer

October 14, 2022 10:36 am

by Jordyn Sava

In the interview with Targeted Oncology, Anna Jo Bodurtha Smith, MD, discusses the effects various insurance types have on the quality of care of patients with gynecologic cancers.Whether a patient with gynecologic cancer has insurance or is … Read more

Hannah C. Karpel, MS, Talks Increasing Clinical Trial Accrual in Patients With Gynecologic Malignancies Following NCI Call-to-Action

October 4, 2022 10:04 am

by Ariana Pelosci

A recent study presented at IGCS 2022 looking at clinical trial enrollment found that Black patients experienced the biggest increase in accrual following an NCI call-to-action for more diversity in clinical trials.

A recent single-institution study presented

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ASCO, ACCC Issue Recommendations to Boost Clinical Trial Diversity

July 24, 2022 10:44 am

by Jason Harris

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) have issued a joint statement outlining 6 recommendations for boosting participation among underserved communities.1

Increasing the racial and ethnic diversity in

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Key to detecting ovarian cancer early may be in the fallopian tubes

April 4, 2022 3:20 pm

by Caren Begun

Tennis legend Chris Evert—known for her 18-time grand slam success in the sport—has made recent headlines after revealing an early-stage ovarian cancer diagnosis and speaking out to help others by sharing her personal experience.

According to the … Read more

BRCA Testing Underused in Women With Ovarian Cancer

January 14, 2022 9:00 am

by M. Alexander Otto, MMS, PA

Despite unequivocal recommendations for universal germline BRCA testing in women with ovarian cancer, an analysis of a large commercial insurance database between 2008 and 2018 found that only about one third (33.9%) of such … Read more

Not-So-Silent Early-Stage Ovarian Cancer

January 6, 2022 11:11 am

by Charles Bankhead

— More than 70% of patients reported one or more symptoms prior to diagnosis

More than 70% of women with high-risk early ovarian cancer had one or more symptoms of underlying disease, most often abdominal or pelvic … Read more

Why Black women with ovarian cancer require greater focus

December 15, 2021 9:55 am

by Sophia George

Providing equal access to care will not by itself equalize outcomes between Black and white women.

Women from the African diaspora are disproportionately affected by high-grade and aggressive ovarian tumours. In the United States, mortality due to … Read more

MSK Fellows Develop Online Resource to Increase Awareness of Genetic Cascade Testing

October 21, 2021 12:00 am

by Alison Kanski

NEW YORK – Gynecologic oncology fellows at Memorial Sloan Kettering have developed an online resource for cancer patients, family members, and doctors aiming to raise awareness of genetic cancer risks and spur more testing among relatives for … Read more

Patients With Cancer Deserve Respect, Civility and a Voice in Their Treatment

October 6, 2021 12:00 am

By Kelly Irvin

Health care isn’t something that is done to you. You participate in it. You’re part of the team. If your team is letting you down, say so. If they don’t do better, consider seeking health care providers Read more

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer Explained as Woman Diagnosed Thanks to Small Navel Growth

September 28, 2021 12:00 am

By Aatif Sulleyman

A woman is raising awareness of ovarian cancer and how difficult it can be to detect, having been diagnosed with the illness by a dermatologist who removed a small growth from her navel.

Despite being aware of … Read more

What to Know About Telehealth for Ovarian Cancer

April 2, 2021 1:30 am

Ovarian cancer is a serious gynecologic cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States.1 To minimize the risk of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission while … Read more

Recent Chemotherapy or Immunotherapy for Gynecologic Cancer Does Not Raise Risk of Death Due to COVID-19

March 21, 2021 4:00 pm

Although some studies show that patients with cancer have a greater risk of health complications from COVID-19, a new study has found that recent chemotherapy or immunotherapy for gynecologic cancer does not raise the risk of hospitalization or death due … Read more

How Biomarker Testing May Help Women Battling Ovarian Cancer

February 18, 2021 6:00 pm

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. But the more you know about your specific situation, the better.

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Every year, more than 21,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In about half of

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Common Genetic Test Often Wrong When Identifying Rare Disease-Causing Variants Such as BRCA1 and BRCA2, Study Says

February 16, 2021 10:00 am

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

A genetic test used to detect common traits many people share is not reliable in identifying rare disease-causing variations, such as those that can predict breast and ovarian cancer, a new study has found.

The SNP … Read more

COVID-19 Vaccine & Patients with Cancer

January 15, 2021 6:00 pm

On December 17, 2020, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and Infectious Diseases Society of America held a “COVID-19 Vaccine & Patients with Cancer” webinar to discuss the importance of COVID-19 vaccination and to provide expert opinion on its use … Read more

Proper Staging of Early-Stage Ovarian Cancer Before Treatment Provides Critical Information for Potentially Improved Outcomes

January 5, 2021 6:00 am

A gynecologic oncology expert from the University of California, Davis reviewed early-stage ovarian cancer and the importance of knowing what options are available before, during and after treatment.

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Although patients diagnosed with early-stage ovarian cancer can … Read more

The Stressful Conclusion of a Clinical Trial

November 9, 2020 9:00 am

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When I learned this summer that the clinical trial of the cancer drug that seems to be keeping me alive had unexpectedly shut down, I discovered the murky rules governing drug trials and the stressful confusion they … Read more

Most Cancer Patients Would Join a Clinical Trial if Offered the Chance

October 20, 2020 4:00 pm

By Anne Harding

New findings debunk the conventional wisdom that Black cancer patients are less likely to agree to participate in clinical trials.

Overall, 55% of patients offered trial participation agreed to enroll, and white and Black patients agreed to … Read more