Should All Women Be Tested for Breast, Ovarian Cancer Gene Mutations?

January 31, 2018 7:27 pm

Evidence is growing that all women age 30 and older should be tested for the inherited gene mutations that can cause breast and ovarian cancer, according to British researchers.

“We could prevent thousands more ovarian and breast cancers through a … Read more

With Cancer, Timing Is Everything

January 8, 2018 10:41 pm

I had a family member who was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer 20 years ago and died of the disease at the age of 47. Even though her symptoms appeared a year before her diagnosis with abdominal bloating, indigestion, … Read more

Health Matters: Testing Your Genes for Cancer

December 12, 2017 12:21 am

Whether you’ve already been diagnosed, or you want to know your risk, health experts can test your DNA to determine your chances of developing cancer.

“The testing itself determines whether or not they have inherited this broken gene that could … Read more

3 Ovarian Cancer Organizations Empowering Women

October 11, 2017 6:01 pm

More than 22,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. As Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, we believe in recognizing ovarian cancer organizations and advocates fighting to make a difference.

We’ve highlighted ovarian cancer organizations … Read more

The Crisis in Gynecological Cancer Research

September 18, 2017 7:39 pm

By: Susan Gubar

As an ovarian cancer patient whose life is being extended by a clinical trial, I was delighted to learn this summer that research on gynecological cancers is undergoing an unusually productive period. But I’m dismayed that at … Read more

Cancer Patients Struggle to Understand Clinical Trials

September 10, 2017 5:40 pm

Cancer patients struggle to understand what is involved in a clinical trial, even when they have participated in them. In a survey of 1090 adult cancer patients, more than half did not understand the concepts of clinical equipoise or randomization.… Read more

Unmasking a Silent Killer: Ovarian Cancer

September 4, 2017 3:48 am

By: Yadira Galindo

After spending 35 years as a community college counselor, Jo-Anne Lesser retired and was looking forward to traveling with her husband, Norman. Her plans were derailed when abdominal pains had her doubled over in agony.

For seven … Read more

Roadblocks to Advancing Treatment of Rare Ovarian Cancers

July 26, 2017 4:37 pm

It is difficult for advances to be made in rare cancers because there are fewer patients. This makes it more challenging to conduct clinical trials for these diseases. Rare ovarian cancers are no exception to this.

In an interview with … 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

Consider Participating in a Clinical Trial

April 13, 2016 6:14 pm

Clinical trials may be a good treatment option for some patients with cancer, but these trials can be difficult to understand. Dr. Susan Gubar, a retired professor of English at Indiana University and author of Memoir of a Debulked Woman, 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.

More … Read more