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

Drug Target Identified for Chemotherapy-Resistant Ovarian, Breast Cancer

February 4, 2019 5:00 pm

By Tamara Bhandari

Study finds mimic for BRCA genes that could be targeted to improve treatment

People who inherit a faulty copy of the so-called “breast cancer genes” BRCA1 and BRCA2 are at high risk of cancer. About 10 percent … Read more

FDA Approves Lynparza for Maintenance Treatment of BRCA-Mutant Gynecologic Cancers

December 19, 2018 5:00 pm

By Brielle Benyon

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lynparza (olaparib) for the maintenance treatment of adults with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline or somatic BRCA-mutated advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer who are in a

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BRCA1 Methylation Level May Predict Which Ovarian Cancer Patients Respond to PARP Inhibitors

September 28, 2018 8:37 pm

The extent to which the BRCA1 promoter is methylated could signal an ovarian tumor’s susceptibility to PARP inhibitor treatment, a new study has found.

PARP inhibitor treatment has been effective in treating some patients with high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma with … Read more

Study Cracks Open the Secrets of the Cancer-Causing BRCA1 Gene

September 12, 2018 12:21 am

By Sharon Begley

Lawsuits didn’t do it, public shaming didn’t do it, patients and doctors banding together to “free the data” couldn’t do it: For 22 years Myriad Genetics, one of the oldest genetic testing companies, has refused to make … Read more

Study: Cancer-related genetic testing is rare for women on Medicare

August 20, 2018 6:28 pm

By Health Day News

Testing for gene mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer is rare among some Medicare patients who have the cancers and qualify for such tests, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from 12 southeastern states … Read more

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

July 6, 2018 7:21 pm

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

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BRCA1 Methylation Tied to Ovarian Cancer Risk

January 18, 2018 4:26 am

BRCA1 mutations are well-known to predispose to ovarian cancer risk. But now a new study, appearing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that methylation of normal BRCA1 genes might be a major ovarian cancer risk factor. In this Read more

Loss of Heterozygosity in BRCA Gene May Influence Survival in Breast and Ovarian Cancers

August 28, 2017 7:17 pm

Researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found a relationship between the genetics of tumors with germline BRCA1/2mutations—and whether the tumor retains the normal copy of the BRCA1/2 gene—and risk for primary resistance … Read more

How PARP Inhibitors Might Prove Useful In More Than Just BRCA Cancers

August 2, 2017 7:56 pm

PARP inhibitor Lynparza (olaparib) has been embraced by oncologists treating women with BRCA-mutant ovarian cancer, and the AstraZeneca drug is also showing promise in breast cancers that harbor the same mutations. But scientists led by the University of Pennsylvania believe … Read more

PARP Inhibitor Active in BRCA Subgroups

March 14, 2017 5:52 pm

Patients with relapsed BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer had a similar progression-free survival (PFS) with the PARP inhibitor rucaparib (Rubraca) regardless of the type of mutation, according to subgroup analyses of a prospective, multicenter trial.

Results showed a median PFS of … 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