23andMe DTC Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Test Misses Almost 90 Percent of BRCA Mutation Carriers

April 5, 2019 5:00 pm
By Julia Karow A study led by researchers at Invitae has found that 23andMe’s direct-to-consumer BRCA test, which tests for three common variants in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and is authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration, misses … Read more

Ovarian Cancer Screening Tool Should be a Top Research Priority

March 25, 2019 5:00 pm
By Kelly Irvin Did we bring this scary, painful, financially draining monster into our lives by eating too many cookies and not doing enough jumping jacks? We need a reliable diagnostic screening tool for ovarian cancer and we need it … Read more

Cancer Biomarker for PARP Inhibitor Effectiveness Discovered

March 15, 2019 5:00 pm
Since tumors often have unique defects in the DNA damage response (DDR) pathway, identifying the molecular mechanisms that underlie how cells repair various DNA lesions is critical to selecting the appropriate clinical treatments. Inhibitors to poly-(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) are examples … Read more

Ovarian Cancer Survivors Carry Burden of Severe Long-Term Fatigue

March 14, 2019 5:00 pm
By Will Pass Women who have survived epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) more often report severe long-term fatigue than healthy women, according to a case-control study involving more than 600 individuals. Ovarian cancer survivors had a higher rate of sleep disturbance, … 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

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

Sound and Light Could Detect Ovarian Cancer Earlier

November 23, 2018 11:32 pm
By Beth Miller Researchers have found an innovative way to use sound and light, or photoacoustic, imaging to diagnose ovarian tumors. The method may lead to a promising new diagnostic imaging technique to improve current standard of care for patients … Read more

Why Is the 5-Year Survival Rate for Ovarian Cancer So Low?

November 21, 2018 11:30 pm
By Korin Miller Here’s what to know—and how to try to protect yourself. Finding out that you or someone you love has any kind of cancer is disorienting, frightening, and generally a hellish experience. This is pretty typical no matter … Read more

Ovarian Cancer Screening Isn’t as Simple as Getting an Ultrasound

October 26, 2018 7:26 pm
By Korin Miller In fact, there’s no reliable screening test, period. Ovarian cancer is one of those diseases you probably assume you’re being screened for when you go to your well-woman exams, but that’s not really the case. Ovarian cancer … Read more

Squelching Ovarian Cancer: The Not-So-Silent Killer

September 17, 2018 12:08 am
By Diane Mapes Despite its long-standing nickname, ovarian cancer isn’t really a silent killer. There are symptoms; it’s just that they whisper or are commonly mistaken for something else, like aging or irritable bowel syndrome. As a result of this … Read more

New Developments in Ovarian Cancer Treatment Are Showing Promise

September 14, 2018 4:29 pm
Cancer is never an easy foe, but some types are more stubborn than others. Ovarian cancer is one of the hardest to treat. But there are signs of progress. Several recent studies have used new combination treatment strategies, including a … Read more

Cramps or Cancer: Elevated Menstrual Pain May be Associated with Ovarian Cancer Risk

July 24, 2018 7:10 pm
BY Brielle Urciuoli Menstrual pain is something that, unfortunately, many women will encounter at some point during their lives. However, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Cancer, individuals may want to talk to their health … Read more

Can a personalized cancer vaccine effectively treat ovarian cancer?

July 6, 2018 9:12 pm
In recent study published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers tested a personalized cancer vaccine for treating ovarian cancer. For most advanced ovarian cancers, the current treatment is a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Initially, patient response to this treatment … Read more

Genetic Screening Can Inform Women of Their Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risks

July 6, 2018 7:21 pm
By Dr. Lisa Abaid One of the most unsettling aspects of cancer is the unknown. There is the unknown of what is in store for you if you receive a diagnosis of cancer. But on a larger scale, we all … Read more

My Stomach Pain Proved To Be Advanced Ovarian Cancer, and I Didn’t Like The Odds.

June 19, 2018 5:37 pm
By: Susan Lisovicz I’m glad I was lying down when the doctor told me the true cause of my stomach pains. “Well, you’ve got a tumor” were his first words to me. I had just awakened in a hospital bed … Read more

Report: Ovarian Cancer Rates Continue to Decrease

June 6, 2018 5:30 pm
A new report from the American Cancer Society finds rates of ovarian cancer have declined by 29% between 1985 and 2014. Ovarian cancer deaths have declined 33% between 1976 and 2015. The report, Ovarian Cancer Statistics, 2018, was published … Read more

PapSEEK: Potential Screening Test for Gynecologic Cancers

March 23, 2018 7:29 pm
A sample obtained from routine Papanicolaou (Pap) tests used for cervical cancer screening can be subjected to a multiplex panel test, dubbed PapSEEK, to determine whether the sample is positive for endometrial or ovarian cancer, two gynecologic cancers for which … Read more

Could New Approach Stave Off Ovarian Cancer? Study May Tell

March 16, 2018 7:08 pm
Anna Hargrove learned she carries a genetic mutation that predisposes women toward breast and ovarian cancer at 27, which was no surprise given her family history. Hargrove, cautious by nature, did what a lot of women with the mutation do: … Read more

FDA Approves 23andMe Cancer Test For BRCA Genes

March 12, 2018 8:33 pm
The home DNA testing company 23andMe has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test for three genetic mutations in two genes that you have probably heard of if you know who Angelina Jolie is, BRCA1 … Read more

Ovarian Cancer: How Your Father’s Genes Can Affect Your Risk

February 19, 2018 12:01 am
Scientists studying ovarian cancer have revealed a new genetic mutation that increases a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer — and it can be passed to her by her father. Recently, Medical News Today covered a study that looked into whether … Read more