Targeting a Key Protein May Keep Ovarian Cancer Cells from Spreading

July 15, 2019 12:50 pm

By Zachary Sweger

Preventing a protein from doing its job may keep a certain type of ovarian cancer cell from growing and dividing uncontrollably in the lab, according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine.

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Ovarian Cancer and Bacteria in the Vagina: A New Study Found a Link, So We Asked the Experts What Women Need to Know

July 11, 2019 7:00 am

By Caroline Hopkins

The study found that younger women (under 50) with ovarian cancer had lower levels of “good bacteria” in their vaginas than women who were cancer-free. But the experts said we shouldn’t draw any conclusions about cancer risk Read more

Novel Ovarian Cancer Diagnostic May Eliminate Need for Exploratory Surgery

June 21, 2019 6:00 pm

Scientists at Uppsala University and the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg say they have developed a blood test that may provide a more precise diagnostic for suspected ovarian cancer that would eliminate the need for exploratory surgery. This could lead … Read more

Research Shows How Talc Powder May Change Ovarian Cancer Cells

June 18, 2019 6:00 pm

By Sarah Elizabeth Richards

Does talc cause cancer? At least 13,000 people think so, and have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of several talcum-based products. Yet so far, juries and scientists have been divided on the … Read more

Novel Treatment Turns Tumors Into ‘Cancer Vaccine Factories’

June 13, 2019 5:00 pm

By Mark L. Fuerst

In-situ vaccine may enhance immunotherapy response in resistant cancers, study shows.

A novel approach to cancer immunotherapy injects immune stimulants directly into a tumor to “teach,” induce the immune system to destroy the cancer and other

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Scientists Uncover Mechanism of Action for Promising Cancer Compound

June 5, 2019 5:00 pm

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have uncovered the mechanism that explains how an investigational cancer therapeutic might be working—a finding that they believe could be important for the design of potential new therapies.

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Medicaid Expansion Narrows Racial Gaps in Access to Timely Ovarian Cancer Care

June 4, 2019 5:00 pm

by Paige Minemyer

Medicaid expansion may have significantly reduced racial disparities in access to earlier ovarian cancer treatment, according to a new study.

The findings, which were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting, show that … Read more

ACA May Impact Ovarian Cancer Outcomes

June 2, 2019 5:00 pm

By John Schieszer

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), women with ovarian cancer were more likely to be diagnosed at an early stage and receive treatment within 30 days of diagnosis, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, … Read more

CRISPR Reveals New Cancer Drug Targets through ID of Critical Gene Fusion Regions

May 16, 2019 6:00 pm

In what they claim is the first large-scale systematic analysis of thousands of gene fusions in human cancers, scientists have identified a gene fusion that could represent a novel drug target for multiple cancers. Through their studies, the largely U.K.-based … Read more

Study Identifies How Cancer Drug Inhibits DNA Repair in Cancer Cells

May 15, 2019 6:00 pm

According to researchers at Yale Cancer Center, a cancer drug thought to be of limited use possesses a superpower of sorts: It is able to stop certain cancer cells from repairing their DNA in order to survive. The study, published … Read more

System-Based Intervention Cuts Racial Disparities in Cancer Care

May 14, 2019 6:00 pm

By Jessica Kent

A system-based intervention reduced racial disparities among black and white cancer patients.

A pragmatic, system-based intervention decreased racial disparities in cancer treatment and outcomes for black patients with early-stage breast cancer.

In a five-year study conducted at … Read more

Research Could Lead to More Precise Diagnosis and Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

May 8, 2019 5:00 pm

By Michael Brown

Oncologists may soon have an accurate and inexpensive way of differentiating between types of ovarian cancer that will improve how patients are treated, thanks to findings from a national research study co-led out of the University of … Read more

Epithelial Ovarian Cancer: BRCA Mutations, Brain Mets, and Breastfeeding

May 6, 2019 5:00 pm

By Kristin Jenkins

The presence of a BRCA germ line mutation in patients with invasive epithelial ovarian cancer may confer a short-term survival advantage, but is not associated with a reduction in long-term mortality, researchers found.

A follow-up study comparing … Read more

Liquid Biopsies Can Point to Best Ovarian Cancer Treatment

May 6, 2019 4:00 pm

DNA shed by tumors into the bloodstream is starting to be used for the early detection of cancer and for monitoring how well treatment is working. Such DNA, which is called circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), hasn’t been quite as helpful

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Scientists Identify Genes Tied to Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer

May 1, 2019 6:00 pm

A team of researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer, Cedars-Sinai Cancer and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have newly identified 34 genes that are associated with an increased risk for developing the earliest stages of ovarian cancer. The findings, published today in … Read more

Changes in the Metabolism of Normal Cells Promotes the Metastasis of Ovarian Cancer Cells

May 1, 2019 5:00 pm

A systematic examination of the tumor and the tissue surrounding it—particularly normal cells in that tissue, called fibroblasts—has revealed a new treatment target that could potentially prevent the rapid dissemination and poor prognosis associated with high-grade serous carcinoma (HGSC), a … Read more

Impact of Somatic Molecular Profiling on Clinical Trial Outcomes in Rare Epithelial Gynecologic Cancer Patients

April 25, 2019 6:00 pm

Given that the limited number of patients and differences in biologic behavior pose challenges in conducting clinical trials in rare malignancies, researchers determined whether using genomic profiling for rare gynecologic malignancies is feasible and have clinical utility. They analyzed somatic

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Imaging System Helps Surgeons Remove Tiny Ovarian Tumors

April 23, 2019 5:00 pm

By Anne Trafton

More effective surgery could boost survival rates for ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed only after it has reached an advanced stage, with many tumors spread throughout the abdomen. Most patients undergo surgery to remove as

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Smart Nanoparticles Help Improve Treatment of Peritoneal Tumors

April 22, 2019 5:00 pm

Research carried out at the University of Tartu Faculty of Medicine used nanoparticles for the development of new imaging and treatment methods for peritoneal cancers. Tests showed that precision-guided anticancer nanoparticles have improved efficacy and reduced side effects.

One of … Read more

Social Media Posts Identify Needs, Concerns of Patients with Ovarian Cancer

April 18, 2019 5:00 pm

By Beth Fand Incollingo and Kristie L. Kahl

Patients with ovarian cancer tend to underreport their most challenging symptoms; however, an analysis of their online comments could give health care providers insight into how to help.

A machine learning approach … Read more