HIPEC With Cytoreductive Surgery Effective in Ovarian Cancer

August 25, 2020 5:00 pm

By Sarah Williams

For patients with stage III epithelial ovarian cancer, adding hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to primary cytoreductive surgery (PCS) increases survival compared with PCS alone, according to results of a retrospective study now published in JAMA Network OpenRead more

Chemotherapy, Surgery for Gynecologic Cancer Not Linked to Higher COVID-19 Mortality Risk

July 30, 2020 3:00 pm

Women who underwent chemotherapy or surgery for gynecologic cancer and also had COVID-19 infection did not appear at significantly increased risk for death due to the novel coronavirus, according to study findings published in Cancer.

However, recent immunotherapy use … Read more

Study Suggests QoL Assessments Do Not Support First-Line Combination Chemotherapy With Weekly Paclitaxel for Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

July 21, 2020 6:00 pm

By Susan Moench, PhD, PA-C

Results of quality of life (QoL) assessments from the randomized, phase 3 ICON8 study evaluating once-weekly vs thrice-weekly administration of paclitaxel in combination with carboplatin as first-line chemotherapy in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer do … Read more

New Standard in Recurrent, Platinum-Sensitive Ovarian Cancer

April 21, 2020 10:00 am

By Pam Harrison

Replacing gemcitabine (Gemzar) with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in a standard platinum-based regimen improved survival in recurrent ovarian cancer, a phase III trial has shown.

In a cohort of nearly 700 women receiving carboplatin plus bevacizumab (Avastin), median … Read more

Olaparib Matches Chemotherapy Outcomes in Platinum-Sensitive Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

April 17, 2020 10:30 am

By Lisa Astor

Treatment with olaparib demonstrated similar outcomes to standard-of-care chemotherapy treatment in patients with BRCA wild-type, platinum-sensitive, recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer in the phase II CLIO study. As such, olaparib failed to demonstrate a significant improvement in survival Read more

Olaparib/Bevacizumab as Frontline Maintenance Improves PFS in Ovarian Cancer, Regardless of Timing of Surgery, Disease Status

April 8, 2020 10:00 am

By Gina Columbus

The combination of olaparib (Lynparza) and bevacizumab (Avastin) was found to improve progression-free survival (PFS) outcomes versus bevacizumab alone as a frontline maintenance treatment in patients with newly diagnosed advanced high-grade serous ovarian cancer, regardless of the … Read more

Analysis Pinpoints Veliparib Antitumor Activity in Ovarian Cancer

April 6, 2020 10:00 am

By Jason M. Broderick

Adding veliparib to frontline induction chemotherapy increased complete and CA-125 responses compared with chemotherapy alone in patients with high-grade serous ovarian cancer, according to an exploratory analysis of the phase III VELIA trial.1

The 3-arm … Read more

Water-Only Fasting May Reduce Chemo Modifications, Hospital Admissions

April 3, 2020 10:00 am

By Neil Osterweil

FROM SGO 2020

Patients with gynecologic malignancies who consumed only water for 24 hours before and 24 hours after each chemotherapy cycle had fewer dose delays and reductions compared with patients who didn’t fast, results of a

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Advanced Ovarian Cancer: Survival & NAC Use Continue to Increase

April 2, 2020 11:00 am

By Pam Harrison

Uptake of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) for the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer has increased dramatically since 2006 in the United States, but importantly, the median survival has also continued to increase, new research shows.

These trends confirm … Read more

Navicixizumab Combo Shows Benefit in Heavily Pretreated Ovarian Cancer

April 2, 2020 10:45 am

By Jason M. Broderick

The anti-DLL4/VEGF bispecific antibody navicixizumab showed promising clinical activity when used in combination with paclitaxel in heavily pretreated patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, according to findings from a phase Ib study.

The data build on positive … Read more

Phase 3 Trial Examining ICIs in Epithelial Ovarian Cancers Halted Due to Futility

March 31, 2020 11:00 am

By Susan Moench, PhD, PA-C

An interim analysis of results of the first phase 3 clinical trial evaluating an immune checkpoint inhibitor either in combination with or following platinum-based chemotherapy compared with chemotherapy alone in patients with previously untreated advanced … Read more

Immunotherapy With Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Signals Efficacy in Advanced-Stage Ovarian Cancer

March 19, 2020 11:00 am

By Nichole Tucker

GEN-1 immunotherapy demonstrated dose-dependent efficacy results in newly diagnosed patients with advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer (EOC) when treated in combination with the standard of care, according to results from the OVATION 2 … Read more

Weekly Dose-Dense Chemo Not Recommended in First-Line Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Treatment

December 20, 2019 6:00 pm

By Matthew Fowler

Weekly dose-dense paclitaxel as a frontline treatment for patients with epithelial ovarian cancer was not found to significantly improve progression-free survival (PFS) compared to the standard 3-weekly chemotherapy, according to results from the ICON8 study published in … Read more

PARP Inhibitors: The Key to a Tx Paradigm Shift in Ovarian Cancer?

September 29, 2019 6:00 pm

By Ed Susman

PRIMA and VELIA trial findings advance niraparib and veliparib to the therapeutic front lines.

Patients with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer who responded to first-line chemotherapy, then were treated with niraparib (Zejula), had a significantly reduced risk … Read more

UCSD Researchers Find FAK Protein Linked to Chemotherapy Resistance in Ovarian Cancer

September 12, 2019 5:00 pm

Although the number of women being diagnosed and dying of ovarian cancer is declining, recurrence, drug resistance, and mortality remains high for women with high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma, the most common form of epithelial ovarian cancer. 

A new study in Read more

Benefit of Single-Agent Carboplatin in Vulnerable, Elderly Patients With Ovarian Cancer

June 5, 2019 7:00 pm

By Leah Lawrence

Single-agent carboplatin conferred significantly worse survival outcomes in vulnerable, elderly patients with stage III/IV epithelial ovarian cancer compared with weekly or every 3 weeks carboplatin/paclitaxel, according to results of the EWOC-1 trial (abstract 5508), which … Read more

Study Shows Ovarian Cancer Survival Increase

May 3, 2019 5:00 pm

A gynecologic oncologist at the Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine was a national leader of a newly published research study that reveals good news for women with ovarian cancer—longer survival times plus a treatment option that causes fewer difficult … Read more

Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects for Ovarian Cancer

May 1, 2019 5:15 pm

By Dr. Leslie Boyd

Ovarian cancer produces the type of tumor that oncologists like to call “chemo-sensitive”—which is pretty good news for anyone diagnosed. Ovarian cancer cells have been shown to respond well to a combination of chemo drugs, which … Read more

Still No Benefit of IP Chemo for Ovarian Cancer

April 24, 2019 5:00 pm

By Charles Bankhead

No PFS or OS benefit, more toxicity with IP verses IV regimens

Final results of a highly anticipated randomized trial failed to show a survival benefit with intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy in patients with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian … Read more

Types of Drugs Used to Treat Cancer

April 15, 2019 7:00 pm

By Andrea S. Blevins Primeau, PhD, MBA

There are many different types of agents used in the treatment of cancer, and they can generally be classified according to molecule type or their basic mechanism of action. Different cancer types have … Read more