By Amirah Al Idrus
PARP inhibitors have transformed treatment for breast and ovarian cancers, but their use has been limited to the small proportion of patients who have BRCA mutations. New research out of UT Southwestern Medical Center has uncovered … Read more
By Colin C. Pritchard
People of all sexes can have risk genes that are often assumed to affect only women. Renaming the syndrome should aid cancer prevention and treatment, argues Colin C. Pritchard.
I recently had a conversation with my … Read more
By Dave Levitan
An analysis of the phase III SOLO1 trial found no new safety signals when the PARP inhibitor olaparib was given as maintenance therapy for women with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer and a BRCA mutation. Nausea, fatigue, … Read more
Patients with BRCA-mutated, platinum-sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer derived significant clinical benefit from treatment with olaparib monotherapy compared with treatment of physician’s choice, according to the results of the SOLO3 trial, a US Food and Drug Administration … Read more
By Ian Ingram
Benefit seen across all subgroups for patients with platinum-sensitive disease.
Ovarian cancer patients with recurrent, platinum-sensitive disease experienced a longer interval without disease progression when bevacizumab (Avastin) was added to niraparib (Zejula), a phase II study found.… Read more
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
By Dave Levitan
Niraparib showed promising and clinically relevant activity as therapy for heavily pretreated patients with ovarian cancer, according to a new phase II study. This was particularly true among women with homologous recombination deficiency (HRD)-positive tumors.
“Although most … Read more
By Krista Conger
A large study of women with breast and ovarian cancer has revealed significant gaps between national guidelines for genetic testing and actual testing practices, according to researchers from Stanford and five other institutions.
Fewer than a quarter … Read more
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
By Ian Ingram
Trial stopped for futility, but 13-month OS improvement seen in patients with BRCA mutations.
Trabectedin (Yondelis) plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) failed to improve survival in a phase III trial of third-line ovarian cancer, but a survival … Read more
By Christina Bennett, MS
Women at increased risk for hereditary ovarian cancer who underwent risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy experienced less worry but worse menopausal symptoms and more regret compared with those who underwent salpingectomy with delayed oophorectomy, the Women Choosing Surgical Prevention … Read more
By Ian Ingram
Study identifies subgroup for whom another go could be worthwhile.
Lack of response to a PARP inhibitor in epithelial ovarian cancer didn’t necessarily mean patients were resistant to all such agents, a small retrospective study indicated.
Among … Read more
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
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
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… Read more
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
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
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